Re: Thoughts about characters transmission

Masataka Ohta <mohta@necom830.cc.titech.ac.jp> Sun, 11 July 1993 19:34 UTC

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Subject: Re: Thoughts about characters transmission
To: Andr'e PIRARD <PIRARD@vm1.ulg.ac.be>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 93 0:49:59 JST
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> I participated to the design of Kermit multinational 8-bit
> characters support and the TCP/IP network I work for is well on the way
> towards the the same theory that every character on the communication
> line is ISO 8859-1.

I quite agree with you. In Europe and in US, it is too much true.

> Now that the international character code ISO 10646 is out, isn't it time
> for communication systems to be able to not only exchange pictures and sound
> but also plain text?  Will ISO 10646 be used by OSI 6?

The problem is that, from the view point outside of Europe and US, ISO
10646 is merely a poor extension to ISO 8859-1.

It assignes a single code point to different but similar characters
in Japan and China.

So, please don't say "international" when what you mean is merely
"intereuropean".

							Masataka Ohta