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Re: For review: Character encodings for beginners

From: Albert Lunde <atlunde@panix.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 21:02:33 -0500
To: www-international@w3.org
Message-ID: <20071212020233.GA3259@panix.com>

On Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 06:00:00PM +0900, Martin Duerst wrote:
> No, sorry, wrong, a "charset" includes the coding mechanism
> down to the bit/byte level.

I am reminded of the now historical technical rant, 
"Character Set": Considered Harmful:

http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html-spec/charset-harmful.html

What I'd take away for the novice reader is that "character set"
is a slightly misleading term, and "charset" as an abbreviation
really means something more like "a name of a system for encoding 
characters", not "a set of characters".

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    Albert Lunde  albert-lunde@northwestern.edu
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