[rfc-i] How lack of Unicode support in IDs is detrimental to design

"Martin J. Dürst" duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp
Mon Jul 30 00:06:05 PDT 2012

On 2012/07/28 7:59, Martin Rex wrote:

> Consider that you wanted to send an EMail to someone (you barely know)
> the information about a certain move of a figure in the board game chess.
> The "old school" IETF approach would require you to send
> "white pawn h2-h4".
> But instead you're going to send a 3-D graphical animation (no sound)
> of a chess board showing the pawn move h2-h4, render it as a flash
> movie and attach it to your email.
> Now what could happen is that the receipient uses some kind of
> smart phone or tablet for reading his EMail, and that devices
> happens to not support rendering of flash movies.

Well, I thought we were in a discussion of Unicode.

So why not use U+2659, WHITE CHESS PAWN (see 
http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/UA640.pdf). That way, we can just say:
♙ h2-h4
and it starts to look like a professional chess record, not something 
half-baked (ASCII only) or totally over the top (flash).

> I strongly believe that it is perfectly reasonable to expect from
> someone who is not completely ignorant about chess to come up with
> that text (as sender) or to figure out what it means when received.
> And I don't think we should spend a lot of IETF resources into making
> the chess-ignorant, but 3-D-flash-animation loving geeks happy.

But maybe spend some resources making real chess players happy?

Regards,   Martin.

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