Re: Is there a UTF that allows ISO 8859-1 (latin-1)?

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 19 1998 - 13:04:37 EDT

Dan Oscarsson wrote:

> If you want to use a printable escape character, use one really seldom used.
> For example latin-1 0xb8 (). tilde is a too common character.

The trouble is that UTF-7 was defined for email purposes, and ~
often doesn't pass through email gateways to EBCDIC worlds correctly.
+ and - are used for the same reason they are used in Base64:
they have the same codepoint in all ASCII-compatible charsets,
and also the same codepoint in all EBCDIC variants.

John Cowan
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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