Uniocde protocol or URNs?

From: Brett Zamir (brettz9@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Jan 27 2010 - 21:29:29 CST

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    Hello all,

    In the latest version (2.6.2) of my Firefox add-on, Unicode Input
    Tool/Converter (at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5235
    -- further localizers welcome!), I've added support for my own custom

    This protocol lets you use, within regular HTML links, such as the
    following (in place of regular HTTP links):


    Clicking on such a link will trigger the opening of the Firefox
    extension so that you can view the characters in context, either within
    their Unicode range (the first example), or among all the other
    characters that match the criterion (the second and third examples).

    You can see some examples at
    http://brett-zamir.me/tests/unicodeProtocolExamples.html , though you
    must first install the latest version of the extension (2.6.2) for this
    to work.

    I was wondering whether the Unicode Consortium were interested in:

       1. standardizing on a protocol such as that above (removing the need
          for the custom "x-" prefix)? and/or
       2. adopting a URN namespace to support specification of Unicode
          characters and names or possibly ranges and categories as well

    The protocol would allow for specification of specific behaviors in
    addition to targeting specific characters and ranges (e.g., it might
    indicate which fields to display), while a URN would be confined to
    identifying a particular letter, range, or category. (In hindsight, I
    probably should have split up search and Name or kDefinition into
    key-value pairs rather than a single identifier.)

    Incidentally, I've filed a bug with Mozilla (at
    https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=539889 ) to suggest better
    support for URNs and protocol handlers so that multiple extensions could
    offer themselves as choices to handle these. Feel free to vote on the
    bug if you are in favor of it.

    Any interest in making a standard protocol or URN?

    best wishes,
    Brett Zamir

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