Standardizing on IDNA 2003 in the URL Standard

Anne van Kesteren annevk at
Thu Aug 22 12:37:58 CEST 2013

On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM, Gervase Markham <gerv at> wrote:
> On 21/08/13 16:45, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> I doubt that would be true for subdomains. E.g. I know people using
>> http://☺ as domain (forgot whether that particular code
>> point is excluded, but you get the idea).
> Shame for them. The writing has been on the wall here for long enough
> that they should not be at all surprised when this stops working.

I don't think that's at all true. I doubt anyone realizes this. I
certainly didn't until I put long hours into investigating the IDNA

Furthermore, we generally preserve compatibility on the web so URLs
and documents remain working. It's one of the more
important parts of this platform.


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