Re: Ambiguity in the English name UTF - Universal transformation

From: Misha Wolf (
Date: Wed Sep 03 1997 - 10:34:15 EDT

Alain LaBonti wrote:

> There was an issue with translating the name "Universal Transformation
> Format" into French. This is so ambiguous a name that we had to change it
> in French. The British editor of the English version of the Universal
> Character Set standard agreed that this was indeed a very bad phrasing in
> English too (in French it is worse, to render the ambiguity, we would need
> to twist our brains for a month).
> In French we decided rather to call it the equivalent of "universal
> transformed format". English won't be changed as it is too known now.

I believe that the "U" in "UTF" does *not* stand for "Universal", but
rather for "UCS".

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