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Re: relax UTF-8 default? was: Towards XML 2.0

  • From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
  • To: stephengreenubl@gmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:28:08 +0000

Re:  relax UTF-8 default? was:  Towards XML 2.0
On 10/12/2010 08:56, Stephen Green wrote:
> Does newXML being treatable as a string mean the *UTF-8 default* requirement
> is better relaxed in some way? I mean, a developer writing a string doesn't want
> to have to ensure it is all written in UTF-8 do they?

why would any person ever have to know what the utf8 encoding is? If you 
want an "a" then you can enter an a without knowing what the latin1 or 
ascii or utf8 encodings of an a are. They happen to all be the same in 
that case. If you pick another letter such as pound sign, or e acute 
they happen to be different, but since typically a human doesn't know 
any of the numbers it doesn't make any difference, it's just a matter of 
what your text editor does when you hit save.


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