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Bug#99933: Default charset should be UTF-8

> On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 12:29:51PM -0400, Raul Miller wrote:
> > I disagree with the idea that special symbols may only be used in 
> > certain contexts.  That's like saying that HTML should only be used
> > to describe the structure of a document and not its appearance --

On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 01:52:44PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> Which is exactly correct.  It does not appear that Raul is willing to
> discuss this issue rationally, therefore I will content myself with
> opposing his position.

If this were true, we wouldn't have emerging standards such as
XHTML to rectify the problem.

> Hopefully the rest of the technical committee has greater respect for
> thoughtfully-scoped, coherent and directed standards, and not phenomena
> like Visual Basic, which was famously derided as being a language designed
> by "focus group".

This isn't a technical committee issue, nor is it about visual basic.
At least, not currently.

However, I am sorry for allowing this to devolve into a discussion of
tangential points.

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It was just pointed out to me by a Unicode guy, that XML has an xml:lang
attribute which can be used on any xml tag.

If we structure our handling of multi-language documents based on this
aspect of XML (and use unicode tr27 to support this same functionality
in non-XML documents) we can address the "unicode doesn't have a way of
specifying the language" issue.

But that still leaves us with the "JIS has characters which aren't in
Unicode" issue.  [If that's an actual issue.]


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