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

Date: Thu Sep 03 1998 - 09:15:30 EDT

>The point is that UTF-8 works pretty darn good with existing
>8-bit clean software and file systems, even if they are completely
>unaware of UTF-8 itself.
   It works good, if you look at the fact that UTF-8 encoded text is
   not destroyed by having the bytes in a normally 8-bit clean 8-bit
   byte oriented world. It works badly in a 8-bit byte oriented world,
   if you look at the fact that non UTF-8 tools displays the text in
   an unreadable format (even though all letters represented by UTF-8 can
   be displayed by the local character set) and that many UTF-8 tools cannot
   read the local 8-bit byte encoded text.

And you expect these things to work? Why? Do they for
any other pairs of encodings?

You say it's bad that non-UTF-8 tools can't display UTF-8-encoded
characters, even if such characters exist in the local encoding.
Do you think it's also bad that non-EBCDIC tools (say, ASCII tools)
can't display EBCDIC-encoded characters, even if those characters
exist in ASCII?

What about Japanese EUC and Latin-1? Some Japanese EUC
implementations include all the Latin-1 characters in their
repertoire, but they encode those characters differently
than does Latin-1. Can your Latin-1 tools display "Latin-1"
characters if they are encoded according to Japanese EUC
rules? If not, do you think your tools are bad?

Different encodings exist. There's nothing unique about the
differences between Latin-1 and UTF-8.

Like Ken and some others, I think it's pretty cool that the
UTF-8 text could be shipped through different types of systems
using different editors without destroying its contents.

Sandra Martin O'Donnell

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