Interestingly, there's a security announcement (bulletin?) out now on
using Unicode to spoof a domain registration which looks identical a
real one (the example given is using a Cyrillic ``c'' so as to get ``www.microsoft.com'')
So how does this relate one asks?
Well, David ib wondered:
>Any sign will be treated by some as a part of the URL. The need is for a
>symbol which means to the URL processor something like "omit this and the
>following new-line sequence". Perhaps two such symbols are needed "skip
>symbols until immediately after end-skip" and "end skip". the need exists,
>the best cure needs much more consideration of side-effects and likely user
>misunderstandings than I can think out.
Isn't there a ``discretionary hyphen'' as a part of Unicode? (I know MS
defines it in their base Windows character set---I've even used it to
good advantage once formatting a text using TeX, so as to later extract
it sans hyphenation) So use that.....
Oh, we're wanting a human-readable solution.
Belay that then. I'm in a nasty mood, so will pass on further commentary
here save to note that this bit at the end is to my mind reprehensible:
>But are international domain names even necessary? Kuhn,
>who is German, doesn't think so: "Familiarity with the ASCII
>repertoire and basic proficiency in entering these ASCII
>characters on any keyboard are the very first steps in
>computer literacy worldwide." Internationalizing names
>might succeed only in turning the global network into a
>Tower of Babel.
I guess he missed the moral of the failings of human pride in that story.
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