Re: Communicator Unicode

From: Yung-Fong Tang (
Date: Mon Sep 15 1997 - 16:04:00 EDT

Kent Karlsson wrote:

> Yung-Fong Tang wrote:
> > > 4) The UTF-8 RFC says "UTF-8" is the "charset" for the MIME, but I see
> > > "UNICODE-1-1-UTF-7" and "UNICODE-1-1-UTF-8" all over the net for the
> > > MIME type.
> >
> > Interesting... "all over the net" ? I appreciate if you can point me
> > to such place. We have hard time to find any Unicode document on the
> > net.

I hope you can understand my question. In Adrian Havill posting, he claim he see
"UNICODE-1-1-UTF-7" and "UNICODE-1-1-UTF-8" all over the net for the MIME type.
( instead of "UTF-8"). I ask him WHERE is the place he see "UNICODE-1-1-UTF-7" and "UNICODE-1-1-UTF-8" instead of "UTF-8". (So
I can take a look at them.) I am not challenge the statement we should use Unicode or not in the future. I am asking a
question about what he have already see today.

> Well... People need the tools *first*. The new browsers/e-mail program
> support Unicode. Old ones did/do not, so few people can use Unicode
> on "the net" as yet. When Unicode-savvy browsers/etc. are more common
> we will see more Unicode on the net.

> Actually Netscape (and Microsoft) can help in this respect. Rather
> that looking around and seeing very little Unicode, drawing the
> false conclusion that Unicode is only of a small multilingual interest
> (which is the way Netscape seems to see it, judging from their
> latest Unicode conference papers), one should take the approach of
> "Unicode for everyone". Compare NewtonOS, Windows NT/CE, Rhapsody.
> First we need "readers" (browsers, e-mail readers, "news" readers)
> and "writers" (html & e-mail composition programs) that can handle
> Unicode, and have those tools widespread. This is happening now.
> Later on Unicode (and 8bit transfer!) should be the **default** encoding
> used by "writers". Getting something else should require a *conscious
> effort* from the (human) writer, preferably for *each* message/etc.
> That could be done a few years (2-3) from now. *THEN* we will see
> a flurry of messages, ""news"" and web pages using Unicode text.
> /kent k
> PS
> Please DO NOT use UTF-7!
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