On Fri, Apr 6, 2018, at 8:10 AM, Salz, Rich wrote:
> The table stakes have increased,


> and I don't think it is reasonable any more for any IETF protocol to
> have "just use ASCII" for text messages.  It could be UTF8, or it
> could be codeset/tagged.  Why two developers in, say, Russia need to
> speak English to debug their TLS implementations.
Viktor rightly points out that in this situation the developer is the
consumer.  As the Internet exponentially expands—often in ways we're not
always able to posit ahead of time—the base of developers exponentially
expands.  The IETF shouldn't be sanguine about the possibility that at
some point the number of those developers who do not speak English will
reach a critical mass that is able to start eschewing protocols that it
finds too mired in US-ASCII.
I would ask anybody who would say it could never happen how sure they
are of that assertion.


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