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Re: use of UTF-8

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2002-05-31 19:52:55 CEST

On Fri, May 31, 2002 at 09:29:47AM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Again, CVS doesn't know the charset, and I never encountered a
> complaint about that, over years of doing more CVS support than most.

Granted. But CVS was never bound as tightly into client apps as SVN will be.
It is a different programming model for clients, and those apps will need
the appropriate information to be able to operate properly.

> There is no clear win here. If you are unable to see how it is even
> *possible* to consider being charset neutral, all I can say is, your

Sheesh. Of course I can see it. And it is a very wrong position, when we can
so *easily* just say "it is UTF-8" and be done with it. That opens up a
whole world of simplicity and determinism for the applications that will be
built on top of Subversion.

> The software we are replacing _is_ effectively charset neutral for log
> messages, and prior to this, we had never listed that as one of the
> "bugs" we were aiming to fix in Subversion.

Bah. That is a non-starter. We've got a ton of things in our code that were
never listed as a "bug" in CVS.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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