Re: Why Nothing Ever Goes Away

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:14:59 +0100

On Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:57:37 +0200
Philippe Verdy <> wrote:

> My opinion of UTF-7 is that
> it was just a temporary and experimental solution to help system
> admins and developers adopt the new UCS, including for their old
> 7-bit environments.

If you have a human controlling the interpretation, UTF-7 was a good
way of avoiding data being mangled by interfaces that insisted that
unlabelled (indeed, sometimes, unlabellable) 8-bit text was UTF-8 or
conversely, Latin-1 or code page 1252. The old Yahoo groups web
interface for senders was pretty much restricted to 8-bit ISO-2022
encodings without it. C1 characters would be converted to Latin-1 on
the assumption that they were Windows 1252. Browsers dropping UTF-7
support was a major inconvenience.

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