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Re: default charset broken

From: Karl Ove Hufthammer <karl@huftis.org>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 08:16:23 +0200
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To: www-validator@w3.org

Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org> wrote in

> They could always use numeric character references
>> (which work better anyway).
> Would you ever want to try to edit a Japanese Web
> page with numeric character references?

I would of course use an authoring tool and write the Japanese
characters directly. The authoring tool would be responsible for
encoding the characters as bytes.

> Why would they work better in such a case?

There are in my experience tons of search engines and other
software (e.g. blogging software and browsers) which have problems
displaying/handling UTF-8 encoded text (they just handle the bytes
*as if* it was in their default encoding, usually ISO-8859-1).
Using numeric character references solve this problem.

Karl Ove Hufthammer
Received on Monday, 9 June 2003 02:16:47 UTC

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