Re: Multilingual Documents [was: HTML forms and UTF-8]

From: Christopher John Fynn (
Date: Thu Dec 02 1999 - 19:17:59 EST

A. Vine <> wrote:

>I _can_ serve UTF-8 to folks in HTML pages should they choose UTF-8
> as their preferred charset (providing our customers gave their customers
> option). But as it turns out, very few folks actually _do_ choose UTF-8,
> request multilingual capabilities which results in our serving them UTF-8.

> I think we're moving in that direction. But there's a lot of old HTML
> out there, and as we're trying to reach a broad audience, we do a lot of
> conversion from our internal Unicode into other charsets.

It's not even just old browsers - IE 5 has a large range of languages you
can set in
order of preference for requesting content but it has no option for UTF-8 so
is never
going to request it even though it can display UTF-8 text correctly for many
and scripts.

- Chris

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