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Re: Underscores in host names
> Supporting "IDN" is a necessary job. That's been made clear to the > Internet community. If it "complicates" things, well, then that's > what has to be done. If the Internet is to be global, it can't > restrict the world to just a few convenient languages. Not to quibble unnecessarily, but the folks I came to the dance with at IETF-50, eventually went home fairly disapointed after -51, and -52,with none of their proposed mechanisms drafts having obtained even working group draft status. You know what the constraints are -- no zone local semantics (e.g., case folding rules, courtesy H.A.) for a glyph repetoire that in some ranges is also a character set, no intermediate tables, no flag day(s) for apps, and so on. To describe that as "IDN", rather than "a way to represent, poorly for some, not so poorly for others, character sets other than ASCII in apps", leaves the later reader ignorant of the baroque design choices available and discarded on the road to RACE II. In Abenaki, "w", "ou" and "8" all collate to the same code point, and the representation of the code point is application specific (modern, early, and 17thrCa styles). Eric P.S. 17th century French lacked a "w" character, "8" is a "u" atop an "o".