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From "Antonio Gallardo" <agalla...@agsoftware.dnsalias.com>
Subject Re: Encoding of web.xml
Date Thu, 21 Aug 2003 00:47:29 GMT
Joerg Heinicke dijo:
> Is there any problem with ISO-8859-1 or do you think switching to UTF-8
> would be good in general?

I think switching all to UTF-8 would be good in general. It is a step
ahead. UTF-8 is the default standard of every XML doc. The ISO-8859-1 is a
deprecated encoding. The IETF recommend UTF-8 instead of any other flavor
of ISO-885x-x. Windows changed to UNICODE. Linux is already using UTF-8 as
the default encoding. Well, we are moving there.

AFAIK we (the world) are currently migrating all the computers and systems
to the well know UNICODE. The idea is to allow all of us to mix on the
same page code in German, Chinesse, English, etc. without have to worry of
the encoding. The migration to UTF-8 is a important issue and since a date
(sorry I dont remember the exactly date) any application cannot be
considerated internet ready if it does not use UNICODE. Any application
using ISO-8859 or similar will be cosiderated non-complaint.

I learned about all this stuff (UNICODE, UTF-8, ISO-8859-1) when started
in Cocoon I had the common problems generating the HTML pages. My target
language (Spanish) needs ñ, Ñ, Á, á. etc. Of course other languages need
other symbols that are not well rendered.

XHTML 1.0 also has UTF-8 as the default encoding. Java has UTF-8 as the
default encoding. Many other applications are migrating or are already
migrated.

Please read more about unicode at:

http://www.unicode.org/standard/WhatIsUnicode.html

By the way If we can change to UTF-8 I think many other problems will go
away. On the other hand some old applications and browser will not be able
to display UTF-8 correctly. I mean maybe IE 3.0 or below.

It is part of all this thing. And the is the main reason why we are having
problems seeing the copyright symbol on the Cocoon main page of the
distribution.

Best Regards,

Antonio Gallardo



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