There's no "I" in IDN, part 16: It's a good thing they decided to call it EAI!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2013/04/19 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

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Sometimes in technology we decide to use a word or phrase that isn't very helpful or intuitive on its own.

But then, right as the onlookers seem baffled, you explain it in an easy, intuitive way.

Usually, they're so relieved to understand what's going on that they don't shift into a "why didn't you just call it that in the first place?" :-)

Like the way Windows and the .NET Framework use the word Ordinal, something I've mentioned before.

Tell them to use an Ordinal function like CompareStringOrdinal, they look confused, so you say "its a Binary sort."

Problem solved!

Anyway, now to explain how EAI fits in here.

people: What are you working on?
me:        EAI.
people: Huh?
me:        Email Address Internationalization.
people: Huh?
me:        You know, Internationalized email. with Unicode characters in the email addresses, etc.
people: Oh, cool! How's it going?

Calling it EAI kept terms like "International email domains" where they belong.

With the professionals who install, maintain, and support them!

Even so, we still get fooled sometimes....

A couple of days ago and yesterday, several people were passing around an article quite excitedly.

The article was: to support 32 new international domains and alias sign in

The excitement! supports EAI!


Not exactly.

The Outlook Blog, which was that article's cited source, much more accurately explained it in gets two-step verification, sign-in by alias and new international domains.

 They even included a table of the new domains, which I now steal for you:

Cool, to be sure. But that ain't EAI....

John Cowan on 19 Apr 2013 11:55 AM:

I would think an ordinal sort would be one that sorts "first" before "second" before "third" before "last".

Michael S. Kaplan on 19 Apr 2013 5:57 PM:

Think UCS-2 code point order...

cheong00 on 22 Apr 2013 8:09 PM:

I was thinking about the punycode thing when I saw Internationalization of email addresses.

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referenced by

2013/10/17 There's no "I" in IDN, part 19: There's no "I" in IPv6, either!

2013/10/08 There's no "I" in IDN, part 18: There isn't even an "I" in John C. Klensin's name!

2013/09/13 There's no "I" in IDN, part 17: EAI made it to China, and everybody knows it!

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