Browser IDN display policy: opinions sought

Paul Hoffman phoffman at
Fri Dec 9 19:10:04 CET 2011

On Dec 9, 2011, at 9:52 AM, Andrew Sullivan wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 at 08:46:36AM -0800, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>> No; yes. :-) I think that if type A were not justified, there would have been many complaints about it over the years; I haven't heard any.
> I have spent much of the summer and fall listening to people complain
> about how browsers handle IDNs.  The meetings I had with people from
> India on this topic might as well have included the words, "A pox on
> all their houses."  Consistency would be an improvement, I think, but
> barely.

Were people complaining about A-type browsers, B-type browsers, or both? I note that none of the TLDs commonly used in India are one that Mozilla acknowledges as IDN-enabled.

--Paul Hoffman

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