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Re: default character encoding for everything in debian

On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 13:09 +0200, Thomas Koch wrote:
> Hi,
> I've an issue, that I forgot to set the character encoding of tomcat to utf-8 
> after reinstalling a server.
> Now, before I report a wishlist(?) bug to tomcat, I want to ask (and invite to 
> discuss) shouldn't utf8 be the default character set everywhere? So when 
> installing a package from Debian I can assume that where a character encoding 
> can be set, it't set to utf8.
> MySQL would be another example, which to my knowledge uses isoXYZ as default 
> character encoding.

While utf-8 covers the broadest set of character glyphs possible, it
suffers from size as well as performance penalties. Characters no
longer are guaranteed to fit in a byte, how do you define
strlen(utf8_string) &c pp.  All these issues have been solved but not
for free.

There are a lot of users out there that are not willing to pay the price
for increased generality.

just my 2¢
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