Re: Enhancements for HTML 2.1

Amanda Walker (
Mon, 20 Mar 1995 09:56:12 -0500

> As such, the infrastructure is largely in place, but the real
> remaining problem is making sure that non-Latin1 encoded HTML is also
> legal according to the SGML declaration etc. that HTML uses.

This would seem on the surface to be a straightforward extension of the 8-bit
DTD (cf. the ERCS proposals).

> A question: was it really extremely difficult to implement Unicode
> support, as many naysayers claim?

No. Unicode support is in fact *much* cleaner than support of the status
quo (EUC, KOI8, ISO 8859/x, etc., often all labeled as ISO 8859/1). On
platforms which do not support Unicode directly, it is necessary to create
tables to map Unicode to local encodings for display, but these tables
are available via FTP from

I am strongly in favor of Unicode support in both HTML and MIME precisely
because it is easier to implement than other multilingual encodings, and
gives better results when combined with language tags.

Amanda Walker
InterCon Systems Corporation