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Re: printable wide character (was "multibyte") encodings

1993-05-14 07:01:34
To:  Rick Troth <troth(_at_)rice(_dot_)edu>, scs(_at_)adam(_dot_)mit(_dot_)edu, 
Subject:       Re: printable wide character (was "multibyte") encodings
Date:          Thu, 13 May 93 22:35:26 CDT

        Keith,  you left this part out:

                                           The point is
     that the richtext parser's front-end "get a character"
     primitive would get a wide, multioctet character.  (The
     special '<' character would therefore appear as a 16- or
     32-bit quantity with value 60).

        This is the part to which I specifically agree, saying:


        The reasoning is:

                                 Recalling the proper
     definition of "byte", however, we can if we wish continue
     to think about byte streams, as long as we remember that
     a byte may have more than 8 bits.   ...

        And if SMTP remains an  "octet stream",  fine.
(I think we're closer in agreement than you think we are)

Perhaps I was being imprecise.

I am specifically opposed to having the canonical form of a MIME
content-type be anything other than an octet-stream.  This implies
that all content-transfer-encoders take an octet-stream as input.


"You can have any kind of byte you want, as long as it is 8 bits :-)"