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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] (EMERGENCY-27) Change Headline length limit to 140

    [ https://issues.oasis-open.org/browse/EMERGENCY-27?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=41144#comment-41144 ] 

Art Botterell commented on EMERGENCY-27:

Agree that we should beware of technological determinism.  Then again, the rationale for the current 168 character limit was interoperability with SMS technology, so we've already crossed that Rubicon in this particular case.  Had 140 characters been a de-facto standard format at the time I'm pretty sure we would have adopted it, if only to make things easier for originators.

Taking a wider view, the point of <headline> is to provide a brief summary suitable for "short form" summary of the alert suitable for brief display... e.g., as a label on a map or in a list of messages.  So I don't think we'd ever want to make it longer.

Again, to my mind the question is really just one of harmonization:  140 characters is a much more widely used length than 168 characters... and pushing 168 characters through a 140-character-limit channel will result in data loss... so why not converge on the 140-character standard in the interest of interoperability?

> Change Headline length limit to 140
> -----------------------------------
>                 Key: EMERGENCY-27
>                 URL: https://issues.oasis-open.org/browse/EMERGENCY-27
>             Project: OASIS Emergency Management TC
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: CAP 
>            Reporter: Art Botterell
> The <headline> element was specified with SMS in mind.  Since then, however, Twitter has created a de-facto global standard of 140 UTF-8 characters for short text messages.

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