Solving the UTF-8 problem

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Jul 16 17:42:07 CEST 2007

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> As for "txt", this is indeed the de-facto standard for text files under 
> Windows (and not "text"), going back to the MS-DOS days of 3-letter 
> extensions.  

Indeed, 3-letter extensions go back at least to the first release of the
TOPS-10 operating system (a timesharing system for Digital Equipment
Corporation's PDP-10 architecture) in 1964.  Many extensions still in
use on Windows today, notably .sys, .exe, .pas, .bak, .hlp, .txt,
.log, .cmd, .tmp, and .dat date back to that early OS.

Eric Raymond is the Margaret Mead               John Cowan
of the Open Source movement.                    cowan at
        --Bruce Perens,               
          some years ago

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