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Re: [Kind of OT] Why's this look like gibberish to me?

s. keeling wrote:
> Dotan Cohen <dotancohen@gmail.com>:
>>  Why are you against switching to UTF-8? Disk space? There really is
>>  no other disadvantage, and even the diskspace arguement doesn't
>>  count for much unless your drive is mostly uncompressed text files.
> Why would I be _for_ switching?  I'm a unilingual Anglophile.  utf-8
> would gain me nothing.  I'm glad utf-8 (et al) finally exists for
> those of you who who can use it or need it.  However, it's irrelevant
> here.  I only know English, and can puzzle out some words in other
> related western European languages.
> I'd guess my $HOME probably is mostly uncompressed text, source and
> documentation.

In this case, it would do no bad. UTF-8 is compatible with ASCII, your
files and acts will need no changes.

Even if you used a language with a few accented characters (French,
Spanish, Polish, etc.), your files would only change with regards to
those characters (which would take 2 instead of one byte - but you could
have French and Polish in the same file, for example). The difference is
minimal, and, for English only, inexistent.

The human race never solves any of its problems.  It merely outlives them.
		-- David Gerrold


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