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Re: Using unicode or MBCS characters in forms

From: Einar Stefferud <Stef@nma.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 23:01:57 -0700
To: www-international@w3.org
Message-Id: <17487.835336917@odin.nma.com>
Reading this stream of traffic is most disheartening;-)...

The great problem to solve in this decade is that of Interworking at
the Application Information Object Exchange level, and it is crystal
clear that this is going to require Strong Typing, and Labeled

Encodings on External Formats.

That is, we must agree on what kinds of tags we will put on our bags
of bits, in order to facilitate rendering by recipients.  Any
acceptance of "sniffing" as a legitimate way to detect content types,
and determine what to do to render data, is just a big fat cop out.

Blaming it on the standards bodies for being too weak to enforce their
will against the vendors is totally bogus.

The technology for strong typing has been around now since 1993, and
is moving now to full standard.  It is called MIME.  It is there for
the taking.  it is deploying itself, with precious little help from
most vendors.

It is time to wake up, smell the coffee, and get to work.  If the
vendors and developers do not get with it, we only have to look
forward to a long long spell of trouble with our attempts to work
together.  

This can only diminish market growth and acceptance of our WEB and
EMail products.  In particular, it will inhibit i18n progress and
global market growth.  It is silly to fight over market turf when the
fight only shrinks the total market so a few vendors get a bigger
share of a much smaller market.  What is the point of doing this.

The right battle cry is:

			    We Work Better
			    With Everyone
			    Than Anyone!

I don't see much of that in this diucssion;-)...\Cheers...\Stef
Received on Friday, 21 June 1996 02:07:38 GMT

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