[UA-discuss] [UA-EAI] Issue needs discussion and closure

Asmus Freytag asmusf at ix.netcom.com
Mon Mar 12 18:35:11 UTC 2018

On 3/12/2018 10:50 AM, Mark Svancarek via UA-discuss wrote:
> Agree that we must always remind folks that EAI is (mainly) not for ICANN people who travel the world and are multilingual and know other multilingual people.  EAI is (mainly) for people who speak only one language, read one language in a single writing system, and communicate only with people who speak/read/communicate with similar people.

I think the number of people who have professional or personal contacts 
with people that use different "keyboards" is more than people working 

In my own case, the social media posts in foreign scripts are not the 
ones by my professional, but by my personal contacts; they mainly still 
use ASCII only e-mail so I don't observe the effect there (yet).

I can't think of any industry where there wouldn't be a need to contact 
suppliers across the globe - not all of which may fully operate in an 
"International English" environment (other than the transactional language).

So, the multi-script / multi-alphabet case is also a real scenario - you 
don't have to invoke hobbyists and dead scripts.

Anything that just allows disconnected 'islands' would only be half a 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: UA-EAI [mailto:ua-eai-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Arnt Gulbrandsen
> Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 12:06
> To: Vittorio Bertola <vittorio.bertola at open-xchange.com>
> Cc: ua-discuss at icann.org; ua-eai at icann.org
> Subject: Re: [UA-EAI] [UA-discuss] Issue needs discussion and closure
> The thing you're forgetting is that EAI is for people who aren't friends with a, b and c.
> I have a runic address (just for fun). If we pretend that runes are the only alphabet I know well, then yes, I could receive email from you. that part is easy: My computer can display any alphabet you can type. But what about the rest? Even if you could enter my address without being able to type runes, what would you do? I could receive mail from you, but how can you send it and what can you send?
> There's roughly a hundred million internet users in West Bengal and Bangladesh who can read and type bangla, but don't know the latin alphabet very well. EAI is for letting them send email among themselves. The keyboard they have expresses what they can do, in a rather harsh manner.
> Any time you start thinking about how to let bangla people send email using runes, you've lost contact with reality and the problems you're solving aren't IMO interesting any more.
> Arnt
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