Fwd: IAB Statement on Identifiers and Unicode 7.0.0

Roozbeh Pournader roozbeh at google.com
Tue Jan 27 18:51:34 CET 2015

It's very unfortunate, and I'd say ill-informed. The conclusions are not
supported by the claims, and some of the characters recommended to be
excluded (such as Yeh With Hamza above) are so common in every orthography
in the Arabic script (Yeh Hamza is perhaps in the top ten in frequency of
letters) that it's basically impossible to avoid using them as identifiers.

Then, other characters in the Arabic script that have identical
confusability issues (I'll leave finding them as an exercise to the reader,
to minimize the damage to the script) are not listed.

On top of that, only Arabic script is excluded while such characters exist
in several other scripts, specially Latin.

I'll refrain from commenting further on the threads: I just completely lost
my faith in the IETF/IAB process.
On Jan 27, 2015 9:36 AM, "Paul Hoffman" <paul.hoffman at vpnc.org> wrote:

> The IAB has issued this message. *Please* read it before continuing the
> permathread on this list. Thanks!
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > Subject: IAB Statement on Identifiers and Unicode 7.0.0
> > From: Russ Housley <housley at vigilsec.com>
> > Date: January 27, 2015 at 9:07:04 AM PST
> > To: IETF Announce <ietf-announce at ietf.org>
> > Cc: IAB <iab at iab.org>, IETF <ietf at ietf.org>
> > Reply-To: ietf at ietf.org, IAB <iab at iab.org>
> >
> > The IAB has just posted a statement on Identifiers and Unicode 7.0.0.
> Please read it here:
> >
> https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2015-2/iab-statement-on-identifiers-and-unicode-7-0-0/
> >
> > On behalf of the IAB,
> >  Russ Housley
> >  IAB Chair
> >
> >
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