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Bug#174982: [PROPOSAL]: Debian changelogs should be UTF-8 encoded

On 01 Jan 2003 22:07:08 -0500
> I think it is fairly obvious that we need to eventually transition to
> UTF-8 for our package infrastructure; it is really the only sane
> charset in an international environment.  Now, we can't switch to
> using UTF-8 for package control fields and the like until dpkg has
> better support, but one thing we can start doing today is requiring
> that Debian changelogs are UTF-8 encoded.  

Could you provide a quick background about what Unicode is, and how it
co-operates with 7-bit ASCII? (A URL is fine, just trying to educate

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