Re: IDN problem.... :(

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2005 - 13:51:59 CST

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    Curtis Clark <jcclark dash lists at earthlink dot net> wrote:

    > But it can work "both ways". Someone could spoof a brand-new Cherokee
    > banking site, ᏣᎳᎩ.com, with GWУ.com. Perhaps "Domain name is not in
    > the script used by your computer operating system."

    This might be a good time to point out that Cherokee is not required to
    be displayed with the quaint, "Modern No. 20"-style glyphs shown in the
    Unicode charts, with their wide serifs and high contrast between thick
    and thin strokes. This was simply the font style that was in vogue
    during the 1810s and 1820s, when Sequoyah modeled his letterforms after
    printed Latin. Depending on the font, ᏣᎳᎩ and GWУ might turn out to be
    perfect spoof buddies.

    All of this applies equally to Deseret, BTW. Serifs and stroke weight
    are not part of the identity of these characters.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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