Re: TR6 charset

From: Harald Tveit Alvestrand (
Date: Fri Aug 21 1998 - 03:09:50 EDT

At 15:12 19.08.98 -0700, Rick McGowan wrote:
>For the record. I'm a member of the Unicode Technical Committee and one of
>the Consortium's Technical Directors. I agree with Chris Newman's
>regarding any proposed registration of SCSU under RFC 2278. To wit, he
>> Personally, I think registering this charset will be counter-productive
>> to the acceptance of Unicode and is a bad idea.
>It's my opinion that registering *any* more flavors of alternative
>for text is contrary to the current sense of the UTC, as well as members of
>IETF. There are already too many variations, and we don't need any more --
>especially we don't need any more encodings for Unicode data on the wire.

My sympathies are with Larry in this case; registering a charset
so that you can accurately label data over which you have no control
is a Good Thing, if the label is well defined, and the definition fits
with reasonable expectations of usage.

It is a perfectly sensible use of the charset registry to make a
registration saying "some #%&/( is sending Unicode data in this %&/()"#
format instead of using UTF-8; as long as I can't make him stop,
I want him to label it as SCSU" (or words to that effect, somewhat
more politely formed).

I don't have the original registration request on hand; it does not
seem to have been sent to
Could someone resend it, please?

                   Harald T. Alvestrand

Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Maxware, Norway

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