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Re: Conlang book - please include Vya:a:h

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2001, 7:28
> X-Sender: > Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 00:48:36 -0500 > From: David Starner <dstarner98@...> > > At 11:54 AM 05/18/2001 +0000, Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote: > >The lowest common denominator for email is still plain ISO 8859-1. > > The lowest common denominator for email has been, is, and probably > will be for a long time, ASCII. ISO 8859-1 can't be viewed by any one > using mail program in a terminal set to a non-ISO 8859-1 character set, > and Mutt running in a UTF-8 terminal frequently chokes on unmarked > ISO 8859-1 text from this list.
True, in principle. However, the number of systems in existence that can actually read internet mail _and_ cannot be set to show iso-8859-1 correctly, is very very small. Even VMS has mail readers that will handle it now. It's been a few years since anyone's had complaints based on that, and I think that was someone at a Japanese university whose IT department had locked the mail readers into JIS-xxx mode. I'd be very surprised if anything that will show UTF-8 won't also show Latin 1 just fine if you tell it to. And if you insist on running Mutt in an xterm set to UTF-8, you'll just have to patch Mutt. But I agree that it's a problem that so many people persist in sending iso8859-1 (or even CP 1252) and not marking it (or even marking it as US-ASCII). Same goes for pretending that CP 1252 is ISO-8859-1. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)


Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>TECH: Charset encodings (was Re: Conlang book - please include Vya:a:h)
David Starner <dstarner98@...>TECH: Charset encodings (was Re: Conlang book - please include Vya:a:h)