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Bug 11663 - "non-shortest form" is more established than "overlong form"
Summary: "non-shortest form" is more established than "overlong form"
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LC1 HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 trivial
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-01-04 09:55 UTC by Henri Sivonen
Modified: 2011-08-04 05:15 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Henri Sivonen 2011-01-04 09:55:20 UTC

The spec talks about "overlong form". However, "non-shortest form" is more established Unicode jargon:

It would make sense to use the term "non-shortest form" in the spec.
Comment 1 Simon Pieters 2011-01-04 10:48:32 UTC
# [11:45] <zcorpan> "utf-8 overlong" - 12600 results. "utf-8 "overlong"" - 80900 results  
# [11:46] <zcorpan> "utf-8 non-shortest" - 25000. "utf-8 "non-shortest"" - 5690  
# [11:46] <zcorpan> conclusion: ???  
# [11:47] <Philip`> Google's result counts are extremely rough approximations and should not be taken seriously?
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-02-07 22:41:54 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: "overlong" is the term that the UTF-8 spec (RFC3629) uses. Also, "non-shortest form" is really stilted and reads poorly.
Comment 3 Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-04 05:15:50 UTC
mass-move component to LC1