Re: UTF-7 is dead

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue May 25 1999 - 14:18:20 EDT

Markus Kuhn wrote:

> Nobody seems to have ever really used UTF-7.

Netscape, at least, supports receiving it and sending it.

> UTF-8 is now well
> established as a commonly used encoding for MIME and is formally
> preferred in <> [...].

I find this document distressing, not because of its views on UTF-7,
but because of its views on Unicode language tags. It nowhere
takes account of the fact that language tags are not yet part of
Unicode or ISO 10646, and it recommends their use only in
multi-language documents, a position which cannot be justified
from the UTR.

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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