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Re: Requesting a revision of RFC3023

From: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2003 10:52:33 -0500
Message-Id: <9D573628-EC4B-11D7-BAAC-0003936780B2@aaronsw.com>
To: "MURATA Makoto" <murata@hokkaido.email.ne.jp>
Cc: "WWW-Tag" <www-tag@w3.org>, ietf-xml-mime@imc.org

> I'm just saying UTF-8 everywhere is even  more unrealistic than any 
> other options at hand.

Too bad, because it's the only option that's remotely practical in the 
long term. Do you really think every programmer who wants to mung text 
is going to include code that supports not only the hundreds of extant 
character encodings but also the seventeen kinds of in-band and 
out-of-band declarations of them?

Even if there was a easily-usable well-supported library to do all 
this, and you managed to get everyone to use it, the minor differences 
between encodings hidden by its abstractions would lead to subtle bugs 
that would continue to plague international users and force them to be 
second-class citizens forever.

If you want international users to be on the same level as those who 
just use plain ASCII, a drop-in solution is the only way to go, and 
UTF-8 is the obvious drop-in solution.

-- 
Aaron Swartz: http://www.aaronsw.com/

(For the purposes of this email, "international users" are users who 
need characters other than those in plain ASCII.)
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