hex dump w/ or w/out utf-8 chars

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Sun Jul 14 12:44:12 CEST 2013

On Sun, 14 Jul 2013 01:20:33 -0700, wxjmfauth wrote:

> For a very simple reason, the latin-1 block: considered and accepted
> today as beeing a Unicode design mistake.

Latin-1 (also known as ISO-8859-1) was based on DEC's "Multinational 
Character Set", which goes back to 1983. ISO-8859-1 was first published 
in 1985, and was in use on Commodore computers the same year.

The concept of Unicode wasn't even started until 1987, and the first 
draft wasn't published until the end of 1990. Unicode wasn't considered 
ready for production use until 1991, six years after Latin-1 was already 
in use in people's computers.


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