Re: WG: UTF-8 text files

From: Jon Hanna (
Date: Wed Jun 08 2005 - 10:43:13 CDT

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    Mark E. Shoulson wrote:
    > Jon Hanna wrote:
    >> Still a rare case, but enough to demonstrate that heuristics cannot be
    >> 100% accurate. More likely cases may occur with other encodings.
    > A heuristic that's 100% accurate is called an algorithm, not a
    > heuristic. Heuristics are for when that's the best we've got.

    Yeah, that's why I used one word and not the other.

    But really the point isn't one of convincing each other here, but of
    saying to others "sorry, this isn't a magic wand".

    Jon Hanna
    "It is the most shattering experience of a young man's life when he 
    awakes and quite reasonably says to himself, 'I will never play The Dane.'"

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