frox - 2:01 pm on Sep 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
Option B is do-able, but:
1) there are several sites, with their (sometimes complex) rewrites, and there would be a lot of tweaking to do to check if the new one interferes
2) rewriting and UTF-8 are typically not very happy fo convive (try googling, there are scores of pages of people having problems)
> I really don't see the need for image files to have non-ascii names.
Indeed, images are secondary. There are other cases were losing UTF-8 characters would be a larger problem.
For example, there is a whole section of "downloadable documents", where many files have russian names.
Ascifying everything would mean most files would stop having meaningful names for the user!