Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!

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LinusTolke

Contributor of things to Wikipedia.

Swedish citizen.

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Linus,

I think that there are only some relatively minor problems with using native names instead of English names.  The problems have to do with what happens to web browsers if you go outside the standard English 26 character alphabet.

#Fancy characters are simply not legal in URLs.  This means that we can't have page names in fancy characters.  This isn't a wikipedia thing, it is just the way the Internet works.
#If people use local letters, it becomes difficult to do searches.  This could be overcome by squashing fancy letters down to latin in the search engine.

Actually, the software could automatically squish fancy letters into Latin automatically for the generation of URLs, for searching, etc.  This would be a good solution.  However... I am not sure how hard it will be.
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Please see [[Free Links]] for an update on this issue, Linus.
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I simply cannot accept the item 1. Yes, the characters are illegal in url, Yes, the browsers might have problems with reading some of the characters (Netscape for Mac had problems until 1998 or so) but this is just an issue of coding the letters correctly like using %E4 in the URL and possibly using รค in the text if you are not delivering the pages in Latin1 (ISO-8859-1) that is the HTTP-default.
Item 2 on the other hand I understand. This is more or less just how the spelling should be done. It shouldn't be harder than to decide if we should use U.K., American or South African spelling in the wikipedia. This must be agreed upon and stated as soon as possible. I hope this will be clearly stated (in [[Naming conventions]] or somewhere else.