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Bug#99324: Default charset should be UTF-8

On Mon, Jun 04, 2001 at 08:44:21PM +0900, Junichi Uekawa wrote:
> Radovan Garabik <garabik@melkor.dnp.fmph.uniba.sk> immo vero scripsit
> > On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 02:09:28PM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 01:58:37PM +0200, Radovan Garabik wrote:
> > ...
> > > 
> > > > There has to be an end to this.
> > > 
> > > Yes, but I doubt we are going to be able to put an end to it.
> > 
> > At least in Debian, we can try
> > 
> utf8 in the current state does not cover everything we had in other encodings.

utf8 is just a _multibyte_ encoding, not _character_ encoding,
it can represent whatever character encoding is used in UCS-4

> Some characters cannot be represented.

that is true, but (AFAIK, I am no expert at the subject),
official Kanji characters are supported, and much of the unofficial ones
And unicode is evolving, there are proposals for additional Han characters
to go into extended planes.

And, isn't JIS (or other japanese encodings) incomplete too? 
With the additional drawback that it can display _only_ japanese and

> We need some activists working for the codeset to be more complete.
> Or so I heard the last time I was asking about utf-8. I'm not sure if it applies today.

I do not know about japanese... but, my impression is that 
additional work is needed for more rarely used (and ancient) 
chinese characters

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