From: Markus Scherer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jul 18 2005 - 12:02:05 CDT
I admire Richard's thorough work on how to improve SCSU in light of
the current Unicode allocations and roadmap.
I have implemented SCSU (first time in 1999) and created (with Mark
Davis) and implemented BOCU-1. Whenever I explain their benefits to
potential users, they seem to like it, nod, but never use it.
While Richard and Doug and Asmus and a few others and I care about
these compact encodings, most people favor by far the simplicity and
ubiquity of UTF-8 (and occasionally UTF-16 depending on the protocol).
When others care at all about compactness, they take the cost of
invoking a general-purpose compression like gzip.
They've got a point. Simplicity and ubiquity almost always win.
-- Opinions expressed here may not reflect my company's positions unless otherwise noted.
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