A challenge to the ASCII proponents.

Ben Finney bignose-hates-spam at and-zip-does-too.com.au
Mon Jul 21 11:15:46 CEST 2003


On Mon, 21 Jul 2003 16:20:48 +1200, Mark Hadfield wrote:
> I hope you won't think if I'm a spoilsport in pointing out that it
> fails the "everybody" test, as many people use proportional fonts in
> their news readers.

*All* solutions fail the "everybody" test.  Newsreaders use the NNTP
protocol, which (IIRC) only requires 7-bit ASCII.  (Regardless, most
newsreaders only expect 7-bit ASCII, and sometimes implement 8-bit in
inconsistent ways).

"International characters" and "everybody" are, at present, incompatible
criteria.

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