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[whatwg] Drop UTF-32

From: Alexey Feldgendler <alexey@feldgendler.ru>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 15:39:03 +0200
Message-ID: <op.ttef7dgz1h6og4@xman.oslo.opera.com>
On Mon, 04 Jun 2007 15:15:06 +0200, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:

> I think it is perfectly reasonable to make support for UTF-8 and  
> Windows-1252 part of UA conformance requirements. After all, a piece of  
> software that doesn't support those two really has no business  
> pretending to be a UA for the World Wide Web. Not supporting  
> Windows-1252 based on "local market" arguments is serious walled- 
> gardenism.

On the other hand, declaring Windows-1252 as the default encoding is  
monoculturalism. For example, in Russia, whenever Windows-1252 is chosen,  
it is definitely a wrong choice. It's never used in Russia because it  
doesn't contain Cyrillic letters. A default of Windows-1251 or KOI8-R  
might be reasonable in Russia, though none of them is a 100% safe guess.

This is to say that there shouldn't be any mandated fallback encoding.  
Whenever a fallback encoding is needed, it should be taken from the user  
preferences or vendor presets which are likely to reflect the most popular  
encoding in the area.


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Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru>
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Received on Monday, 4 June 2007 06:39:03 UTC

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