Re: Should I laugh or cry?

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Tue Dec 17 1996 - 02:12:33 EST

unicode@Unicode.ORG wrote:
> I've just received this from a colleague ...
> Misha
> ---
> >Misha
> >
> >fyi - it's a shame Brussels' software evidently does not support
> >Unicode. I don't know if you have heard, but a European Commissioner is
> >going to sit at a terminal today(?) to answer questions on line via the
> >Internet. Questions can be in any language except Greek because "the
> >Internet software can not support it".
> >
> >Phil

In the next 6 months we should see:

- the next generation of browers (Internet Explorer 4.0 & Navigator 4.0)
being Unicode-enabled (UTF-8). (They have both committed to this.)

- Java 1.1 having much more support for Unicode.

Given that, the problem you describe should be gone within the next
year. The concrete steps that I think we can all take to help further
this process are to evangealize secondary products to be

- the web authoring tools (PageMill, HomePage, FrontPage,...).
- the web search engines (Lycos, Excite, AltaVista, WebCrawler,

I can't see that the current situation is cause for crying!


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