Accept all Latvian Alphabet characters for the Alternative Titles

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It isn't fair that other language's alphabet characters are accepted for the Alternative Titles but not Latvian. These are the Latvian alphabet characters that weren't accepted for the Alternative Titles. Ā, Č, Ē, Ģ, Ī, Ķ, Ļ , Ņ, Š, Ū, Ž, ā , č, ē, ģ, ī, ķ, ļ, š, ū, ž. IMDb please accept all Latvian alphabet characters for the Alternative Titles. 
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  • Please accept all Latvian alphabet characters for the Alternative Titles.

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Unfortunately this is not a simple change.

The problem is that IMDb was begun very early in the internet period, when 8-bit data was fairly new. IMDb was designed to support only the Latin-1 code page, which does not include all the characters required for non Western European languages.

Because the current update system has become very complex, simply switching to a scheme that supports 16-bit code (like UTF-8) was considered too likely to cause problems. Some of the high-level extended ASCII characters were (are) used as control characters, and it is possible that a Unicode character could break the update routines.  Moving to Unicode would require a complete review of the entire software.

As you may know, IMDb is currently rewriting the update system. I assume that they are assuring that it will be able to support Unicode characters. Therefore I doubt that there will be any change to the titles until after that change is complete.