[gtld-tech] Specification 5 - Country names... again..

Gavin Brown gavin.brown at centralnic.com
Mon Jan 13 14:48:09 UTC 2014

On 10/01/2014 15:52, Colosi, John wrote:
> Hi Gavin, it looks like most of the files in the repo are using the utf8 format.  But S5.4.3.txt seems to be in utf16.  (It starts with a bunch of surrogate pairs.)  I wonder if we can standardize on a single format.

I'll see what I can do about converting that file to UTF-8. iconv
complains for me when I try to convert that file from utf-16 to utf-8,
so I wonder if there has been some mixing of encodings when the file was

> I might even suggest using A Labels as copying and pasting and comparing is less error prone (for me).  Maybe I just don't have the right tools.  If we decide to standardize then I can help with conversions, but wanted to get some input from folks.

Using A-labels would be less error-prone, but also harder for people who
speak the relevant languages. Under ideal circumstances, we'd have
language experts reviewing the strings, and it would be a real pain for
them to have to keep converting A-labels to U-labels and back again. The
U-labels are the source code: the stuff that human beings work with.


Gavin Brown
Chief Technology Officer
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