[rfc-i] I-D ACTION:draft-hoffman-utf8-rfcs-02.txt

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 19:56:29 PDT 2008

Can we be experimentalists here?

Paul and Tim, can you make a version of your draft that does
exactly what it proposes: presents examples in UTF-8?
Perhaps get a co-author with a name in Arabic or Chinese script?


On 2008-09-27 15:55, Dave CROCKER wrote:
> 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...
> d/

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