Kenneth Whistler wrote:
> There is no Unicode Consortium procedure to officially recognize
> the obsolescence of UTF-7. The way we handle such things is to
> stop documenting them in our standard. UTF-7 was explained in detail
> in the Unicode Standard, Version 2.0, but that section has been
> dropped from the forthcoming Unicode Standard, Version 3.0.
> However, as long as the relevant RFC for UTF-7 is available, and
> mail protocols and implementations refer to it, UTF-7 will not
> be obsolete, per se. It is, however, obsolescent, in that we are
> not encouraging new uses of it and hope that old ones will gradually
> be replaced by UTF-8 when possible.
Adding to Ken's fine comments, the Unicode Consortium and IANA (Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority) are two separate organizations. The "UTF-7"
*name* is registered with IANA for use on the Internet. Here is the
Use the following to join the mailing list where IANA charset names are
Use the following to send mail to that list:
An archive of the mail sent to that list previously is at:
Take a look at the archive. There was some email recently about
deprecating the charset "unicode-1-1".
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