Daniel McQuillen thoughtfully asked...
> Are there procedures that Unicode has in place to officially recognize
> the obsolescence of encodings such as utf-7?
Of course there are procedures! What kind of religion would this be without
grand rituals? For the curious, I've attached the formula from "The Book of
UTC Mass Procedure and Hymnal", page 328.
High Priestess of UTC: [Bowing to the east, the west, the north, and the
south] "We, the UTC, do herewith cast UTF-7 into the depths of universal
nothingness from whence it came."
Congregation: "Make it so."
High Priestess: "For all time coming, let auld UTF-7 be forgot." [She
casts the symbolic pot-shards to the four winds]
Congregation: "So shall it reap." [Congregation salutes]
High Priestess & Congregation together: "Om."
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