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   Re: Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)

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  • From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 13:08:43 -0800

Tim Bray wrote:
> > 
> The UTF-*'s are logically equivalent to most users, in that they share
> the property that almost no real-world data objects are encoded in either.

Quite true, from what I know, if you don't consider all the documents
encoded in ASCII (which is a subset of UTF-8).  Many of them aren't
tagged as to encoding; assert they're UTF-8 not ASCII, and disproof is
often going to be impossible!

Worth noting however is that the IETF recognized a policy last year to push
the use of UTF-8 in new protocols.  Other registered encodings are fine,
but UTF-8 support is mandatory.  See http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2277.txt
for a few more details; it's "best current practices" on the Internet.

- Dave

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