A challenge to the ASCII proponents.

eltronic at juno.com eltronic at juno.com
Sat Jul 19 23:29:52 CEST 2003


On Sat, 19 Jul 2003 15:59:16 +0100 Alan Kennedy <alanmk at hotmail.com>
writes maybe none of the below:
> Martin v. Loewis
> >> So what do you think about this message?:
> >>
> >> γίγνωσκω
> >>
> >> Look Ma, no markup. And not every character uses two bytes, 
> either.
> >> And I can use Umlauts (äöü) and Arabic (ءﺎﻣ.ﺔﻛﺮﺷ)
> >> if I want to.
> 
> 
> The final point I'd like to make [explicit] is: nobody had to ask me
> how or why my xml snippet worked: there were no tricks. Nobody asked
> for debugging information, or for reasons why they couldn't see it:

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
is how my email picked it up.
other messages and replys were inconsistently rendered.
isn't this the kind of thing the test groups were designed for?
IIR, 7 bits is the standard in email & usenet.
 no one should expect more than 7 
from any program or relay. the proper way
would seem to be html using char entity's
html appears to be no ones favorite format in email or usenet,
so let the flames begin.
I hope I haven't been hoodwinked into replying in 8bit as well.


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