From: Asmus Freytag (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 14:01:26 EDT
At 11:15 AM 9/30/03 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>Isaac Newton spent an unconscionable amount
>of time, by our standards, messing about with astrology and numerology
One of the aspects of character encoding and standardization that seems to
have an unholy fascination for people is its numerical aspect. It starts
with the catalog number for 10646, which was deliberately jiggered to
incorporate the number 646, which is the catalog number for the 7-bit
standards. It continues with the desire to see certain characters are
specific code locations (for example the byte order mark) and continues
with the never-ending stream of (re-)encoding forms.
It's just human nature, I guess.
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