RE: Subject: Re: 32'nd bit & UTF-8

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Wed Jan 19 2005 - 22:24:14 CST

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    > From: []
    > Behalf Of Peter Kirk

    > This is a very significant point. Because a BOM may be used with
    > UTF-8 is in fact not quite as compatible with ASCII as has been
    > presumed.

    If anyone ever assumed UTF-8 is compatible with ASCII, they were
    mistaken. An ASCII processor can expect to receive octets strictly in
    the range 0 - 127, period, whereas clearly UTF-8 data can contain octets
    outside that range.

    ASCII is forward compatible with UTF-8 (a UTF-8 processor can process
    ASCII data), not the other way around.

    Peter Constable

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