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Re: [Encoding] false statement

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:02:27 -0400
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
Cc: Mark Davis ☕️ <mark@macchiato.com>, Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20140630190227.GA4363@mercury.ccil.org>
Anne van Kesteren scripsit:

> # Historically many encodings had their names and labels (and sometimes
> # references to specifications) defined in the IANA Character Sets
> # registry.  This specification supplants that registry.

You are unsurprisingly[*] continuing to miss the point.  The issue is not
whether you say "supplants" or "makes obsolete", which are effectively
synonymous, but that you clarify the scope of the claim.  Wider concerns
exist than the behavior of a few Web browsers, and it is inappropriate,
to say the least, to use absolute language more fitted to the laws of
physics when describing what they do or should do.

[*] I say it isn't surprising based on a _mot_ of Upton Sinclair's:
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary
[or his status] depends upon his not understanding it!"

John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan@ccil.org
Let's face it: software is crap. Feature-laden and bloated, written under
tremendous time-pressure, often by incapable coders, using dangerous
languages and inadequate tools, trying to connect to heaps of broken or
obsolete protocols, implemented equally insufficiently, running on
unpredictable hardware -- we are all more than used to brokenness.
                   --Felix Winkelmann
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