Re: Platform question

From: John Jenkins (
Date: Sat Sep 11 1999 - 11:54:44 EDT

> Markus,
>> 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.

The late, lamented Newton OS was also an early contender, shipping with
Unicode only from the get-go. And Taligent's OS was Unicode only.

Do we want to get into the success rate of early adopters of Unicode? I
didn't think so.

John H. Jenkins

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