Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Nov 15 22:02:09 GMT 1999

At 01:08 PM 11/15/99 -0800, David Brownell wrote:
>> 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.
>Quite true, from what I know, if you don't consider all the documents
>encoded in ASCII (which is a subset of UTF-8).  Many of them aren't
>tagged as to encoding; assert they're UTF-8 not ASCII, and disproof is
>often going to be impossible!

I used to think so too, but actually, if you look closely, the proportion
of "ascii" that's actually pure US-ASCII is not that high.  The prevalence
of é's and õ's and so on these days is in my experience really growing,
which means that documents which are ideally ISO-8859-1 but in fact
some Microsoft codepage is really immense.  -T.

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