[rfc-i] Character sets, was Comments on draft-iab-rfcformat

Phillip Hallam-Baker hallam at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 17:40:20 PST 2012


On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM, Martin Rex <mrex at sap.com> wrote:

> Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
> >
> > The technical change that is now driving this is the proliferation of
> > smartphone type devices that have the interesting property that they
> > support virtual keyboards. Until now the only way to input many languages
> > into a computer has been through a keyboard with a Latin alphabet and
> > Arabic numerals. So Japanese and Chinese users of the Internet have been
> > familiar with ASCII transliteration hacks as of necessity.
> >
> > With the virtual keyboard, that requirement goes away... So assuming that
> > the Japanese speaker will know how to use a Western alphabet is going to
> be
> > an increasingly bad assumption.
>
> A while ago I had to enter my 30 chars+ WPA2 WLAN password into my
> daughters
> iPod4 touch, and it turned out to be a royal PITA, in particular finding
> all the non-alphanumeric characters on the virtual keyboard.


What part of 'we have to write systems for users who consider the same to
be true of ASCII' don't you get?




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