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Re: Accept-Charset support



Martin J. Duerst wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 16 Dec 1996, Klaus Weide wrote:
> 
> 
> > Example of a site where documents are provided in several charsets
> > (all for the same language):
> > see <URL: http://www.fee.vutbr.cz/htbin/codepage>.
> 
> The list is impressive. It becomes less impressive if you realize
> that all (as far as I have checked) the English pages and some
> of the Check pages (MS Cyrillic/MS Greek/MS Hebrew,...) are just
> plain ASCII,

	And even less impressive when one finds out that
not a single page Displays the 'diacritics' correctly,
even when one selects Latin-2 encoding in the Netscape 3.
 
  Why is that? Are the experts building an Edsel?

> > It is certainly much easier to make a Web clients able to decode UTF-8
> > to locally available character sets, than to upgrade all client
> > machines so that they have fonts available to display all of the 10646
> > characters.

      Besides, character set is not function of a language,
   math, APL, music, all have different need for character sets
   and character sets mixtures which can exceed 10646
> 
> Definitely UTF-8 should be encouraged. But that's not done by
> introducing new protocol complications and requiring the servers
> to deal with unpredictable transliteration issues that can be
> dealt with more easily on the client side.
> 
> Regards,        Martin.

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 Peter O.B. Mikes      pom@llnl.gov     
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