[LMB] OT: character sets

Peter H. Granzeau pgranzeau at cox.net
Tue, 25 Mar 2003 09:58:41 -0500

At 01:40 03/25/2003, Dan Tilque wrote:

>I wasn't aware that the email specs still called for it to be
>7-bit only. As I said before, I've both sent and received 8-bit
>text in email. And I'm fairly sure I didn't use MIME since I keep
>the format of my mail reader to plain text. I bet millions of
>other people have also sent and received 8-bit email. It's time
>to drag the email specs into the 21st century. But this is the
>wrong forum to be making such pronouncements.
> >
> > Anything involving 8-bit (or more - IIRC, Unicode involves a
> > 16-bit character space)
>Unicode has no bits. Unicode is a set of graphic characters with
>numbers assigned to them. There's several different ways of
>encoding those numbers in text documents and those are either 8
>or 16-bit encodings. For instance a commonly used one is UTF-8,
>which is an 8-bit encoding. It has the advantage of being
>backwards compatible with 7-bit ASCII. I don't know if the same
>is true of the other UTF encodings.

Regardless of what _should_ be, we have to work with what _is_--and what 
_is_, is that this List appears to transmit only 7-bit ASCII.  How about 
sticking to that?

Regards, Pete
pgranzeau at cox.net