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RE: Publishing in UTF-8?

From: Lenny Turetsky <LTuretsky@salesforce.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 17:05:50 -0700
Message-ID: <1AAE1D2D1003D311882400902771AA470120F859@mail.salesforce.com>
To: "A. Vine" <avine@eng.sun.com>
Cc: www-international@w3.org

Can you give some examples of what bad things happen when using UTF-8 as the
character-encoding for HTML documents? For example, do certain browser
versions not display them correctly? Do you have data on which versions have

Much obliged,
Lenny Turetsky
Senior Member Technical Staff
+1 415 901 7040

-----Original Message-----
From: A. Vine [mailto:avine@eng.sun.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 4:33 PM
To: Mieko Komagata (by way of Martin J. Duerst <duerst@w3.org>)
Cc: www-international@w3.org
Subject: Re: Publishing in UTF-8?

"Mieko Komagata (by way of Martin J. Duerst )" wrote:
> Hello all,
> We have a web based application in English and are working on localizing
> to French, Italian, German, and Spanish. We are considering publishing
> in UTF-8 in these languages. I would like to know the advantages and
> disadvantages on using UTF-8 over ISO-8859-1. How common UTF-8 is? I
> randomly visited some sites in France and Italy, but I did not find a site
> in UTF-8.
> I saw a Netscape 4.x browser bug using NCR in UTF-8 on
> http://www.unicode.org/unicode/faq/unicode_web.html. Any input would be
> appreciated.

I don't think the end-user world is ready for UTF-8.  If you use it, I
believe there's a large percent of the worldwide population which will
see gibberish.  If you're restricting the languages to French, Italian,
German, and Spanish, you might as well use ISO-8859-1 at the point of
publishing.  Internally, though, I recommend you use UTF-8 to allow you
to expand later on.

My thoughts,
Andrea Vine, avine@eng.sun.com, iPlanet i18n architect
"A bibliophile is a lover of books; a bibliomane, a wildly enthusiastic
collector. An abandoned fanatic, once he succumbs to bibliolatry,
graduates into a bibliomaniac. While a bibliomaniac's spouse might easily
become a bibliophobe, his arch nemesis would be a biblioclast: a
of books." -- Bill Strubbe, A Bibliophile in Britain

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