Re: Translated IUC10 Web pages: Experimental Results

From: Misha Wolf (
Date: Wed Feb 05 1997 - 09:43:19 EST

Chris Pratley wrote:


>Our assumption was that UTF-8 was the only Web-safe encoding that was
>reasonably likely to be adopted by browsers in the near future. Is that
>the consensus, or are raw UCS2 encodings being considered actively by
>people on this alias?

I think it very unlikely that plain 16-bit Unicode will be adopted by
browsers in the next year or two. The two encoding schemes which will
be widely used to encode Unicode Web pages are:

   1. UTF-8 (see <>).
   2. Numeric Character References (see <>).

The second scheme is intriguing as it does not require the use of any
octets over 127 decimal (7F hex). Accordingly, it is legal to to label
such a file as, eg, US-ASCII, ISO-8859-1, X-SJIS, or any other "charset"
which has ASCII as a subset. Browser vendors: Please check your products
against the pages referenced above.



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