UTF-8 in web pages

From: John O'Conner (joconner@geocities.com)
Date: Fri Feb 05 1999 - 12:12:29 EST

I have a client that has a requirement to support several
languages on their website and e-commerce store. I want to
help them manage the storage of information and dynamic web
pages by suggesting a common character set for all

It seems like a no-brainer to select Unicode for my database
character set because of their multi-language needs.
However, I'm concerned about Unicode in web pages. I have
browsed several UTF-8 pages with success, but I notice that
the industry hasn't really picked up on UTF-8 as an HTML
content encoding. Do any of you have any success/failure
stories that you can share? How comfortable would you be
recommending UTF-8 for HTML content. Oh, here's one more
piece of information...the customer has traditionally used
Big 5 for all their encoding needs. Actually...they've used
an extension for their special chars in Hong Kong that don't
seem to be available in Big 5.

John O'Conner

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