Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Sat Nov 13 19:40:03 GMT 1999

At 03:46 PM 11/13/99 -0000, Richard Anderson wrote:
>But UTF-8 can support "foreign" characters so I dont see the argument for
>having UTF-16 too.  Also, generally speaking UTF-8 encoding results in
>smaller output for most cases.

The UTF-*'s are logically equivalent to most users, in that they share
the property that almost no real-world data objects are encoded in either.
One of the nice things about XML is that it allows you to store & transmit
your objects in any well-known encoding as long as you declare it.  I'm
delighted to observe that most of the real-world XML processors out there
effortlessly deal with various ISO-Latins and JIS and so on. -T.

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