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From: Sean Parent (sparent_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-01-05 14:35:01

on 1/5/03 10:21 AM, Beman Dawes at bdawes_at_[hidden] wrote:

> I had a conversation with Bill Plauger, Howard Hinnant, and several other
> library implementors at the last C++ committee meeting, and we agreed on a
> possible approach to the conversion problem. Conversions between wide and
> narrow names has always been the hold up. No one has been willing to step
> forward and say "Of all the possible ways to do the conversion, here is how
> libraries should do it."

Rather than using simple path specifier (which I think are a very limited
way to refer to a local resource) - why not make the path syntax be URI
based? There is already a W3C proposal for extending URIs to be fully
international friendly (IRIs) - <>.
This would also allow for relative references, remote references,
authentication, versioned file systems (such as WebDAV
<>), and query references to database file systems.

I would rather see going with an existing standard than inventing yet
another way to refer to resources with international names.


Sean Parent
Sr. Computer Scientist II
Advanced Technology Group
Adobe Systems Incorporated

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