Re: Comments on: "Character Set" Considered Harmful

Gavin Nicol (
Fri, 28 Apr 95 04:07:47 EDT

>Thus it seems to me that UTF-8 makes quite good sense as a standard
>interchange encoding form.

Yes, "a" not "the".

I think UTF-8 will be used in a vast majority of cases, but we should
still allow UCS-2 or ICODE, or whatever.

>The more important point facing us now is to shift to the use of
>10646/Unicode as the standard document character set.

Yes. This is a fundamental shift. As I have noted before, the short
term changes will be minor, but the long term effect will be
profound. I've been pushing for something like this for 6+ months, and
it's about time we finally acknowledged that this is a reasonable
course for HTML.