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Re: Accept-Charset support

From: Francois Yergeau <yergeau@alis.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 1996 14:09:40 -0500
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To: www-international <www-international@w3.org>
À 10:03 04-12-96 -0800, Erik van der Poel a écrit :
>Servers cannot send UTF-8 to clients unless they know that the client is
>capable of decoding it or there is a large critical mass of browsers in
>the installed base that is known to be capable of decoding UTF-8.

The same holds for Shift-JIS, KOI-8, Latin-2, and any of a number of
charsets that are sent by servers today, even in some cases knowing that
widespread support by browsers is lacking.

Absence of Accept-Charset means "send anything", so servers are free to send
what it takes to represent the document.  If that's UTF-8, the server should
send that, knowing that not many current browsers will be able to deal with
it.  And please label it correctly.

François Yergeau <yergeau@alis.com>
Alis Technologies Inc., Montréal
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Received on Wednesday, 4 December 1996 14:15:02 UTC

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