[rfc-i] ASCII isn't English (was: Re: Character sets, was Comments on draft-iab-rfcformat)

Joe Hildebrand (jhildebr) jhildebr at cisco.com
Wed Dec 19 11:55:08 PST 2012

On 12/19/12 2:44 AM, ""Martin J. Dürst"" <duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp> wrote:

>I'm using this post to make a point explicit that has been around up to
>now mostly just implicitly.
>ASCII isn't English. This will be relevant when we move to a higher
>typographic quality for RFCs. Given that some people will continue to
>author drafts in MS Word, it will come up almost automatically. In good
>English typography, quotes are not 'abc' or "abc", butŒabc¹or ³abc².
>Except for places such as programming text, every decent English book
>uses these. There is other non-ASCII punctuation, such as m-dashes,...
>where the same applies.
>I think we should discuss this rather than ignore it.

Agree.  The opposite is true as well.  Text could be written in Italian,
and US-ASCII would work just fine.

Joe Hildebrand

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