[Ltru] Re: Solving the UTF-8 problem

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Tue Jul 3 17:24:32 CEST 2007

From: Doug Ewell [mailto:dewell at roadrunner.com]

> I restated three objections to converting the Registry to
> UTF-8, and tried to show why they don't outweigh the
> advantages of converting.  All three are, in fact, true:
> 1.  UTF-8 doesn't play well with e-mail.
> 2.  Converting will break processors that expect only ASCII.
> 3.  Some computers can't display UTF-8.
> But we can work out the e-mail problem


> And the display problem is really not as much of a
> showstopper as it is being portrayed.  People are saying
> that the hex escapes are a display problem too...

+1. I don't see the display issue as being a show-stopper at all. Anybody that has a need to view this registry has access to means of viewing UTF-8.

> the breakage to processors is no worse than adding new
> fields (nor are there that many fully-conformant
> processors to be fixed).

I'm inclined to agree, but am waiting to see if anyone makes a strong counterargument.


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