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Re: utf




On 02/04/18 19:39, Andre Majorel wrote:
On 2018-04-02 08:00 +1200, Ben Caradoc-Davies wrote:
Why? UTF (especially UTF-8) is vastly superior for all purposes:
I wouldn't say that. UTF-8 breaks a number of assumptions. For
instance,
1) every character has the same size,
2) every byte sequence is a valid character,
3) the equality or inequality of two characters comes down to
    the equality or inequality of the bytes they encode to.
With ASCII and the many encodings based on it, most things can
be done without having knowledge of the encoding. With UTF-8,
even basic operations like determining the length of a string or
reporting at what column an error occurred require knowledge of
the encoding.

That is entirely correct. The problem is that ASCII has the worst assumption of all: everyone uses US English. This not valid in a Universal Operating System.

Kind regards,

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