[whatwg] Web Addresses vs Legacy Extended IRI

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Mon Mar 23 03:58:59 PDT 2009

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:46:15 +0100, Julian Reschke 
> <julian.reschke at gmx.de> wrote:
>> Because it's preferable to the alternative, which is, leaking out the 
>> non-conformant URI/IRI handling into other places.
> Apparently that is already happening in part anyway due to LEIRIs. 
> Modulo the URL encoding bit (which you can set to always being UTF-8 for 
> non-HTML contexts) I'm not sure what's so bad about allowing a few more 
> characters.

Whitespace is a big issue - auto-highlighting will fail all over the place.

>> The issue is that it's *not* the same thing.
> Well, no, not exactly. But they perform essentially the same task, 
> modulo a few characters. And since one is a superset of the other (as 
> long as URL encoding is UTF-8) I don't see a point in having both.

Well, then let's just agree that we disagree on that.

BR, Julian

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