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Character Set Considered Harmful

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (html WG)
Expired & archived
Author Daniel W. Connolly
Last updated 1995-05-02
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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The term character set is often used to describe a ditigal representation of text. ASCII is perhaps the most widely deployed representation of text, and in the interest of interoperability, information systems on the Internet traditionally rely on it exclusively. The Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) introduces Internet Media Types, including text representations besides ASCII. The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) used in the World-Wide Web is a proposed Internet Media Type. But HTML is also an application of Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML).


Daniel W. Connolly

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