Re: ISO charsets; Unicode

Daniel W. Connolly (
Tue, 27 Sep 1994 05:21:35 +0100

In message <>, "Richard L. Goerwitz" writ
>Still, is the general problem of multi-language text worth dis-

Apparently so! It's come up several times before, and nobody
has come up with any globally optimal solutions. You'll certainly
want to troll the www-talk archives and see what's been discussed.
For example, you might start with:

"WWW HTML Jun 94: Re: Different character sets in one HTML document"

> For my part, I'd love to make a few of my non-English
>databases available online, but I don't know how to tell query
>forms to expect something other than ISO 8859-1.

Well... the problem isn't how to announce the data format. You can
make up a new MIME type, if you like. The problem is deploying clients
that understand the data type. We just need lots of prototypes.

>The question for me is just how sophisticated we want clients to
> Yet it would be equally wrong to expect every
>client on every micro to handle every possible case, and to do so all
>at once.

This is an excellent characterization of some of the deployment issues...

>I'm sorry if I seem to be obtruding in a forum without knowing what I
>am doing. As I noted above, I'm in the Humanities, and am simply try-
>ing to see if I can be any help at all....

For a newbie, you've got a pretty good handle on the issues.

Let us know if you figure it all out!