Instead of putting the version in the tag, perhaps the
UTF8 protocol should define an optional version stamp that can be
included with the encoded data (probably at the beginning).
Kind of like the optional byteswap marker available in unicode.
If the version stamp exists at the beginning of the string then
all readers know the UTF8 version and can adjust and accomodate
if ever there is a change in the protocol (and if the relevant affected data is
encoded). The version stamp might indicate
the version of Unicode/10646 (UCS4, UCS2 1.1, 2.0, etc.),
in addition to the version of the UTF-8 protocol employed.
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