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

Arnt Gulbrandsen arnt at gulbrandsen.priv.no
Mon Mar 12 16:06:02 UTC 2018

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.


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