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

Arnt Gulbrandsen arnt at gulbrandsen.priv.no
Mon Mar 12 18:23:59 UTC 2018

Mark Svancarek writes:
> Actually, my “keyboard” is pretty flexible.

That's your excellent OS support, not the keyoard you use. Your keycaps say 
"A", "S", "D" and so on, right? I see Hindi traditional on your list, is 
there a keycap that says आ?

EAI is for the people whose knowledge of A-Z is too shaky to be comfortable 
emailing using A-Z, but who can read and write some other writing system, 
and who have a computer so they want to email. For these people, the 
keyboard they have is a decent proxy. They chose that keyboard because it 
reflects their knowledge. It isn't necessarily a hard and fast border of 
their skill, but it's a pretty good working description.

> To your other point about mainly-ASCII phishing, I am happy to 
> consider I may be overthinking things by looking for recommended 
> good practices for this topic.

Phishing's a big threat nowadays. It's worth keeping in mind that 
exploiting similar-looking glyphs isn't a big part of that evil industry. 
It was a clever, novel attack once, but hasn't grown to much more in the 
decade that's passed since it was invented. Phishers don't need cyrillic a 
to impersonate Chase, they just register chase-account-security-team.com 
and fool enough people.

So I don't think that warrants much attention. More than anything else, 
that issue is an attention magnet for nerds like us. We do like clever toys 
and hacks like that, don't we ;)


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