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Bug#99324: Default charset should be UTF-8

On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 02:00:34PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On Jun 01, Roland Mas <lolando@debian.org> wrote:
>  >> Most people (with the possible exception of part of the CJK
>  >> community) do not want to use unicode yet, deal with it.
>  >
>  >Excuse me?  "With the possible exception of the CJK community"?  What
>  >about people speaking (and writing/typing) Arabic, Hebrew, Greek,
>  >Russian and whatnot?
> I don't know about Arabic and Hebrew, but russian people don't like
> unicode and do not want to switch from the KOI-8 and KOI-8r encodings.

UNLESS they need to communicate with people from other charset groups
(It directly concerns me - I need(ed) to work with both russian and slovak)

>  >  I gather you're Italian, so you might need some
>  >accents (I remember seeing some "?").
> Yes, and I already have a correctly working national encoding, thank you.

Do you?
Just send me a mail in italian... and we'll see how much of its
accents will display as '?'
And I already have a correctly working national encoding, too.

>  >  In *my* experience, most people *do* want to use Unicode.  I would
> Just don't force it on everybody else.

I agree... as long as you do not force ISO-8859-1 (or anything) on everybody,
as it is currently in debian.
Remember, debian is international

> I'd love to be able to use unicode for everything, but the reality is
> that the software is not yet good enough to support it to the same level
> of the national encodings.

So let's fix the software. 
All my programs are if not unicode aware, then at least not unicode hostile.

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