A long introduction
There's quite a new bug report about using URLs with Unicode characters, which was closed as exact duplicate of an old one. But the old one was marked as bydesign (sort of closed) based on this false assumption:
- closing as bydesign since there is such an easy workaround (use the normal character form, which Wikipedia always supports) – Jeff Atwood
But there's not only Wikipedia in the world, is it? Actually, this is a real problem, at least for newbies. In fact, there are two problems
- Unicode in the hostname
- Unicode in the path
which need to be solved differently. You may be lucky and find a page doing a conversion for the part you need, or you may learn Unicode details, punycode and/or hexadecimal URL encoding (not so much fun, IMHO). There may be other simple solutions, but a newbie hardly knows them.
So, it's a real and unsolved problem, isn't it? It doesn't happen often for most of us. I personally hate Unicode in URLs, but it happens.
- How should a newbie find out what to do when the allegedly original question does not contain the answer for their case? In fact, the new bug report concerns the hostname and the old one contains solutions for the path only.
- Don't you think that questions get closed too quickly sometimes?
- Shouldn't there be a mechanism preventing situations where long existing bugs (unsolved problems, incomplete answers, etc.) get ignored forever as in this case?