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yeah, a definite lack of utf-8 character support -- but this could get a bit ugly from the implementation point of view.

Yeah, lots of Czech characters get omitted - anything with an accent on it. So this

Na baště Svatého Jiří, 160 00 Prague-Prague 6, Czech Republic

becomes this


I'm using iconv to convert from utf-8 to ascii, but the transliteration isn't as complete as I'd like. :( Sorry it strips out prague addresses.

I tried using utf-8 urls but I couldn't work out how to handle them in rails.

Actually, looking at the search term you entered, I must have a bug, because the iconv output is correct, it definitely shouldn't be stripping letters out of the url.

When converting from utf-8 to ascii with iconv, try specifying "ASCII//TRANSLIT" as target encoding to avoid removing foreign characters.

Your foreign characters are my native. UTF-8 is 20 years old now. Just use it already!

Jeeze... do you really think that your native characters are a good idea to be used in an URL? Take this URL for example: http://archaeologie-ooe.info/orte/hoersching

I could have used UTF-8, and made the URL http://archäologie-oö.info/orte/hörsching, but then all of the sudden 95% of the worlds population couldn't type that URL anymore.

sure but they could have easily replaced all the problematic characters by "simpler ones" like é,è->e, œ -> oe having an address (in France) containing some of these characters the deletion make it barely readable, therefore useless since the goal is to have understandable urls

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