> perhaps the UTF8 protocol should define an optional version stamp
This would have been a more interesting idea at some point in the past, but...
at this point UTF8 data exists in vast mounds, so anything done would have to
still account for this compatibility... Old readers would wind up with some
incomprehensible blip in *ALL* newly encoded data from sources that stamp.
A version stamp in short strings is also a pretty burdensome thing, if people
are slinging them around. Imagine hand-stuffing olives for thousands of
cocktails in real time... The version tag becomes useful mainly in long
streams of data from static sources wending between non-cooperating processes.
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