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Comments to draft IDN Guidelines v.2.0

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  • Subject: Comments to draft IDN Guidelines v.2.0
  • From: "HARADA Shiro" <harada@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 08:19:27 +0900


Congratulations for your efforts towards improvement of the IDN Guidelines.

I would deeply appreciate it if the following principle could also be

Some scripts have characters with almost the same or very similar shape 
with certain characters in other scripts.
Digits in Khmer, Thai and Lao scripts are just an example among many.
Even a single script may have varied usages depending on the language 
it is used to write.
In the cases of gTLDs and some ccTLDs, multiple scripts may be supported.
When these scripts have such characters with almost the same or very similar
any decision about one script would affect the others.
Thus such decisions have to be made with full participation of stakeholders 
from all the communities of users of relevant scripts and/or languages, 
paying special attention to developing countries and valunerable peoples 
that have difficulties in active participation by themselves.

Thanks a lot,

Associate Professor
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies
The University of Tokyo

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