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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 23919] - [PATCH] nightly build and ant 1.6 not buildable with jdk 1.2.2
Date Tue, 21 Oct 2003 20:22:32 GMT
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------- Additional Comments From ant@kruithof.xs4all.nl  2003-10-21 20:22 -------
Hi, on the last issue mentioned I wrote a separate bug report as it also fails
for the IBM JDK. Its bug id 23920.

Regarding the encoding ISO-8859-1 cannot contain all Unicode characters, but
contains only a subset. A subset of this and many other encodings is US-ASCII,
which seems to match with the rest of the codebase. Why should code set ISO
8859-1 be selected to develop with, as said taking only a subset would match
many encodings, while also ISO 8859-1 is a subset of the entire Unicode space.
Chooosing character set 8859-1 is choosing an obsolete character set (it has
been superseded by 8859-15 at least in western europe afaik) which makes it
harder to develop for people that normally use an other encoding (while working
with a lot of different encodings, certainly the entire ISO 8859 series, KOI8-R
various ms-dos codepages and UTF-8 work as long as everyone uses the common
ASCII subset) Furthermore the transition to the UTF-8 encoding, which allows all
unicode characters is ruled out by using ISO 8859-1.

Therefore imho choosing ISO 8859-1 isn't going to make developing on ant easier
for a lot of people, and will even make it more difficult to go to the only
Unicode encoding variant we currently comply with (UTF-8) if we wanted to
support all unicode characters in the ant source.

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