# Bug#99933: Default charset should be UTF-8

On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 03:07:25AM -0400, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 08:38:21AM +0200, Radovan Garabik wrote:
...
>
> > You can make a text bold, and meaning will remain. If you make a
> > mathematical expression all bold, it will have a completely different
> > meaning.
>
> So?  Let's imagine you're composing an html document.  What's to prevent
> you from wrapping a mathematical alphanumeric character with <b></b>?

that is a different kind of "boldness", used to emphasise
bold mathematical symbols are different symbols from those not bold.
mathematical symbols enclosed in <b></b> are just emphasised normal
mathematical symbols, not bold mathematical symbols

>
> > > You're telling me why the context matters.  You're not telling me why
> > > the unicode naming of the code points matters.
> > >
> > > If the reader sees "Branden", why should it matter whether any underlying
> > > code points were designated by the consortium as mathematical?  If the
> >
> > because if code points are mathematical, I parse it as
> > B \times r  \times a \times n \times d \times e \times n
>
> But if the context is not mathematical, how can you tell that mathematical
> code points are used?

I cannot, therefore there are special mathematical characters
to distinguish it.

>
> If I say xy-2yz=0, and I don't use mathematical characters, why would
> you not interpet that as indicating multiplication?

because I would interpret it as a comparision in some kind of
programming language, the one that allows variables to begin
with digit.

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