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Re: wrong error message

From: r12a <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:17:10 +0100
To: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>, Richard Zucht <pgr.zucht@gmail.com>, www-validator Community <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <9b52e787-8192-a5f1-9931-4b6a22f0ac14@w3.org>
On 19/09/2016 10:53, David Dorward wrote:
> On 19 Sep 2016, at 10:31, Richard Zucht wrote:
>
>     I am attaching a screendump to show you how the German word "geändert"
>     appears when UTF-8 is specified.
>
> That is what happens when you specify UTF-8 but save the document in a
> different character encoding.
>
>     I know what code is required to convert
>     the black dot to an umlaut. However, this makes editing a German text
>     cumbersome.
>
> You generally shouldn’t need any “code”. It’s just a preference in your
> editor. I can’t remember the last time I used a system which didn’t
> /default/ to UTF-8.
>
> (Well, that is true for the simple case anyway, it’s possible to mangle
> characters through databases designed for legacy encodings and such, and
> if you’re stuck having to deal with a system like that then its a shame,
> and probably worth some investment to modernise it).
>
>     I hope you agree with me that demanding UTF-8 instead of
>     Windows-1252 is
>     nonsense.
>
> UTF-8 is a very well established modern standard that can handle just
> about any human language. Windows-1252 is a propriety extension to a
> legacy standard which can only handle a very small number of languages.
> Microsoft, who created Windows-1252, recommend Unicode over it
> <https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd317752.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396>.


These articles may be of some help:

https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-changing-encoding
https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-what-is-encoding

ri
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