From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jan 13 2004 - 11:34:32 EST
Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya dot org> wrote:
>> If a certain Unicode plain text file uses ASCII punctuation OR spaces
>> OR end-of-line characters, AND the file is not too short or has a
>> very odd formatting, then the algorithm should work.
> True. But there may be certain languages (perhaps Thai?) for which all
> of these circumstances regularly occur together. It would be very
> inconvenient for users of these languages if programs regularly
> attribute the wrong encoding to their text.
Whether this is specifically true for Thai or not -- and I doubt that
the "short file or odd formatting" condition could ever be considered
language-dependent -- I would say an otherwise-good heuristic that
performs badly for Thai ought to have special cases built in for Thai,
rather than being discarded.
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