[rfc-i] Use of unicode

Andrew Sullivan ajs at anvilwalrusden.com
Tue Apr 24 12:31:25 PDT 2012

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 09:12:11PM +0200, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
> Non-Latin characters on the other hand are just random drawings to
> the people unfamiliar with the script in question;

With all due respect, that's sort of an overblown oversimplification
of the internationalization problems.
> That's not the point. The point is that the stripping of these
> characters must leave the RFC in a usable state, hence proving that
> the characters weren't essential.

That's just begging the question.  First of all, you have provided no
evidence at all that stripping the non-ASCII characters "must leave
the RFC in a usable state".  If, as a matter of fact, one needs the
characters for some purpose (for example, to illustrate the difference
between two characters), then the illustration is simply lost by this
stripping.  That doesn't show that the characters weren't essential;
it might show that your use of the RFC is broken.

If your argument in response is that you need to be able to do
something with the document over your impossibly slow link from
super-secret place, then the answer is not, "Document needs lose,"
but, "Installation in super-secret place loses." You might as well
complain that you can't read RFCs from your headless box, but you
might need to, and therefore an iTunes version is required.



Andrew Sullivan
ajs at anvilwalrusden.com

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