T.R. [..] > Why should not people who have keyboards that enter > characters with which they are quite comfortable from a > language with which they are comfortable be able to enter > those characters to access a URI? What is wrong with these > potential domains? > www.özçelik.com > www.περιχώρησις.com > www.православная.com "Wrong" is abstract in this context. What is impractical about these potential domains is that it will be more difficult for migrants to access services and information when located in English speaking countries; of which there are many. There is a difference in practicality between providing correctly encoded (but non standard for the environment) output, and *requiring* correctly encoded (but non standard for the environment) input. > Must the Internet be American-centred? No, why? Using a certain character set has nothing to do with geographical boudaries. If you want to reach the broadest cross-section of the global population, then standardisation; not diversification; should be the goal. See this article for a nice primer on encoding: <http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html> All the above IMHO. -- Chris Marsh Web Developer t: +44 20 8246 4804 x828 f: +44 20 8246 4808 e: chris at globet.com w: http://www.globet.com/ Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system.