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

From: Jonathan Rosenne (
Date: Fri Dec 03 1999 - 01:04:36 EST

UTF-8 is not a language.


At 16:42 02/12/99 -0800, Christopher John Fynn wrote:
>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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