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On Tuesday 18 December 2001 02:51 pm, David Brownell wrote:
> Layering does not intrinsically complicate things, but poor
> specification does.
Sure. People that know me, know I tend toward layered architectures. The
trick is in knowing where the layer fits.
My contention is that character normalization is such a pervasive, and
intrusive requirement, that it's better to put it as low as possible so that
all layers above it can cheerfully ignore it.
For me, the motivation is similar to that which led to me proposing a single
document character set of ISO 10646, and adopting Unicode (especially UTF-8
et al.) as the canonical form for HTML and later, XML.