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[Bug 15142] Define "UNICODE" as a defacto alias for "UTF-16"

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--- Comment #3 from Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> 2011-12-11 15:15:57 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #2)
> (In reply to comment #1)
> > this proposal should be rejected for a variety of reasons:
> I agree with this conclusion, but...
> > (2) the Unicode Consortium is the appropriate forum for considering the
> > possible registration of any new character encoding based upon the Unicode
> > Character Set; [1]
> ...then how come UTF-8 is defined in an IETF specification?
> Best regards, Julian

a historical circumstance... in the 1992-93 time frame, ISO SC2/WG2 first
proposed UTF-1 as a transformation encoding of ISO/IEC 10646 UCS-4;  although
UTF-1 never caught on, the more efficient alternative, UTF-8, came out of work
started at X/Open and concluded at Bell Labs in Plan 9;

later, the Unicode Standard incorporated the normative definition of UTF-8 into
The Unicode Standard;
the current IETF RFC 3629 (STD 63) [1] refers to the Unicode Standard for the
formal definition of UTF-8:

3.  UTF-8 definition

   UTF-8 is defined by the Unicode Standard [UNICODE].  Descriptions and
   formulae can also be found in Annex D of ISO/IEC 10646-1 [ISO.10646]

[1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3629#section-3


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