Re: Yerushala(y)im - or Biblical Hebrew

From: Rick McGowan (
Date: Mon Jul 28 2003 - 17:03:53 EDT

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    Michael Everson asked:

    > Do you really think that algorithm with all its warts is going to be
    > used 50 years from now? I really would like to know.

    You want warts, Mr Everson? Well, let's take a look at some history...

    The standard for e-mail appears to now be RFC 2822, which obsoletes the
    venerable RFC 822, which has been around since 1982 (that's 21 years) and
    it descends from RFC 733. That's from November 1977, and it obsoletes RFC
    561, which was 1973.

    Effectively, we've been using the same cumbersome wart-ridden Internet
    e-mail format for 30 years. There is not even an inkling of any other
    e-mail format coming to take over the world. There might be some
    technological innovation within the next 25 years that renders e-mail
    entirely obsolete (neural implants?), but barring that, the format of
    Internet e-mail is unlikely to change significantly. Ever. (That's why we
    have MIME which sits on *top* of the basic format.)

    Like it or not, such things have longevity. Network protocols are
    conservative and they *must* be conservative to assure the widest possible

    Normalization has been written into IDN, and like it or not, it may be
    around for at least as long as our e-mail format. I wouldn't expect people
    to stop using Unicode normalization as part of IDN until at least some time
    after the year 2033.


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