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Re: [xml-dev] RE: Encoding charset of HTTP Basic Authentication

Ignorance is a very acceptable excuse in IMO.  Talking to computers was a 
very ASCII affair in those days (e.g. C) and it would seem reasonable that 
computers would talk to computers in the same way.

My recollection is that for those of us who weren't Internationalisation 
gurus, choosing Latin-1 was considered really pushing the 
Internationalisation boat out!

http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/HTTP2.html (1992)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO/IEC_8859-1 (1987)

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lee" <dlee@calldei.com>
To: "'Richard Salz'" <rsalz@us.ibm.com>; <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 4:01 PM
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] RE: Encoding charset of HTTP Basic Authentication

> Richard says
> -------
> Nobody really questioned the belief that "netascii" was required for
> maximum interop.
> You want to call that Ignorance, go ahead.  I'd just say "we didn't know."
> -----------
> No exactly *not* my point.
> I am saying it could *NOT* have been ignorance.  I simply cannot accept 
> that
> the spec authors were ignorant of the shortcomings of not (or under)
> specifying encoding issues.   They just chose to ignore them on purpose.
> Probably for good reasons, like it was hard and not useful to them at the
> time to hash it out.  Not blaming them to come up with a spec that worked
> for the use cases they put it to.  Just saying it was a choice, not
> "ignorance".
> ----------------------------------------
> David A. Lee
> dlee@calldei.com
> http://www.xmlsh.org
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