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Re: Requesting a revision of RFC3023

From: MURATA Makoto <murata@hokkaido.email.ne.jp>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 21:08:12 +0900
To: ietf-xml-mime@imc.org
Cc: WWW-Tag <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20030921205754.506D.MURATA@hokkaido.email.ne.jp>

On Fri, 19 Sep 2003 20:55:46 +0200
Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net> wrote:

> UTF-8 everywhere is a reasonable principle and much simpler to
> understand and implement than any means to specify use of legacy
> encoding schemes. 

UTF-8 has its own technical problems (the Unicode signature, representation 
of non-BMP characters, etc.).  Moreover, people do not throw away legacy 
encodings but stick to them.  For example, although I think that 
Unicode is better than Shift-JIS and I do have Unicode-aware text editors, I 
still use Shift-JIS, which is so convenient at present.

I am not saying UTF-8 is bad.  I'm just saying UTF-8 everywhere is even 
more unrealistic than any other options at hand.

>For inbound encoding declarations, generic syntax
> does not work. Whatever syntax you choose, it will look odd in many
> formats and many authors won't use it anyway.

Please see my mail to Martin.


MURATA Makoto <murata@hokkaido.email.ne.jp>
Received on Sunday, 21 September 2003 08:10:55 UTC

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