[rfc-i] I-D ACTION:draft-hoffman-utf8-rfcs-02.txt
dhc2 at dcrocker.net
Fri Sep 26 20:55:02 PDT 2008
Paul Hoffman wrote:
> At 5:57 PM -0700 9/26/08, Fred Baker wrote:
>> OK, so tell me this. Can one read UTF8 while hanging upside down from
>> a chin-up bar in the bowels of a machine room when <bleep> is
>> happening and one really needs to get it right?
> Yes. I have not come across a text editor or display program in the
> past five years that would balk at showing you the file.
During one or another of the IDN-or-related bits of working group confusion, I
raised a concern that was in the same camp: we have a long-standing lingua
franca, called net-ascii, and the current effort was, in effect, to re-define it
to be utf-8.
My obvious question was the same as here: Has the world changed so much that we
can honestly claim that it is universally -- not just "widely" supported as the
least-common denominator in the character-encoding game.
Various folk with significant internet development and operations experience and
a seriously conservative bent responded in the affirmative.
Personally, I'm still not comfortable with changing that base, but it's hard to
call that anything more than being fixed in my ways...
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