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Re: Facts for fans: encodings history (was: Re: Getting Emacs to play ni


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Facts for fans: encodings history (was: Re: Getting Emacs to play nice with Hunspell and apostrophes)
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:28:30 +0300

> Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:37:02 +0700
> From: Yuri Khan <address@hidden>
> Cc: "address@hidden" <address@hidden>
> 
> [iso-8859-5] is regarded as a design-by-committee encoding bearing
> no connection to the needs of real-world users.

I guess you mean non-Russian committee, because who do you think
invented KOI8-R? some private Russian citizen?  KOI8-R was defined by
a Soviet State Standard GOST-19768-74, which already means at least
one committee was involved.

(Interested readers should see http://czyborra.com/charsets/cyrillic.html
for more details.)

No one really thinks Russian cities are full of bears with balalaikas,
but please don't pretend non-Russian cities are full of fools who
cannot design a character set on a good day.  Next we will probably
hear that no one except Russians can design railways, because the only
correct standard of railway track width is the Russian one.  Sheesh...

There should be no place for such bigotry on this forum.



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