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Re: Encoding: Referring people to a list of labels

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:23:56 +0000
Message-ID: <52E2AFBC.7000308@w3.org>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
CC: "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
On 24/01/2014 17:06, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:55 AM, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org> wrote:
>> I'm in the process of rewriting an article about character encodings and
>> CSS.  The current version of the article says that, if you for some reason
>> don't use UTF-8 and need to use @charset, you should refer to the IANA list
>> of encodings and choose the preferred label for the encoding you need.
> I recommend that if for some reason you cannot use utf-8, you contact
> this mailing list. That seems like a rare enough occurrence to not
> need special advice, but rather exposure so we can study it.

I spoke with someone this week who works for a company where 100s of 
developers are still not using UTF-8 due to legacy code and corporate 
policy issues. They're working to change that, but it takes a while to 
turn the ship around.  There are presumably plenty of people in similar 
situations out there, and I don't think we want them all writing to this 
list.  Bear in mind that that still nearly 20% of pages on the Web are 
not using Unicode - and given the size of the Web, that's still a large 

I don't think it hurts to be helpful to those people in the meantime. 
We'll certainly be saying loudly enough that they should be using UTF-8 

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