Re: Platform question

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Fri Sep 10 1999 - 17:38:06 EDT


> AT&T's Plan9 operating system, which was authored by the Unix fathers
> Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritche, was the world's first operating system
> that used exclusively Unicode/UTF-8 as its only character encoding.

With the emphasis on *UTF-8* this is probably true. But both
the Metaphor OS and NextStep had reasonable priority claims--though
both of those implemented UCS-2 (Unicode 1.0, before there *was*
a UTF-16!). And the first version of Windows NT was up and running
fairly early, too, but with all its legacy character support, one
could argue that Unicode is/was not its *only* character encoding.


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