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Re: Choice of coding format for Senior Online

From: Martin J. Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 17:33:42 +0900
Message-Id: <199904050912.SAA06509@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se>
Cc: IETF Applications Area Discussion List <discuss@apps.ietf.org>, SeniorOnline technical mailing list <sol-tech@ambra.omega.it>
At 18:07 99/04/04 +0200, Jacob Palme wrote:

> Recommendation: I recommend that we start with the Charset choice,
> but only using one charset, ISO Latin 1. This can in the future be
> extended to either full Charset or Charset with a choice between
> ISO Latin 1 and UTF-7 or UTF-8.

This is more or less what HTTP has done. It prooved to be detrimental,
because ISO Latin 1 was used as a default (without explicit "charset"
paramenter) and in various parts of the world, there was a rather low
incentive to actually implement handling the "charset" parameter, or
adding one where it was needed. As a result, most HTTP trafic, whether
in ISO Latin 1 or not, is not correctly tagged.

Regards,   Martin.

#-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, World Wide Web Consortium
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Received on Monday, 5 April 1999 05:13:37 UTC

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