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Re: [RFC/PATCH] commit messages not 8-bit compatible

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2002-05-30 21:41:04 CEST

On Thu, May 30, 2002 at 10:38:52AM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
> > As I said elsewhere, we decided on UTF-8 for text for everything a long long
> > time ago. We wanted to absolutely avoid all this character set nonsense. So
> > picking *one* character set (which is theoretically a superset of all
> > others) is nice. It helps all users of the libraries.
>
> No, I really don't think this is true.
>
> For example, file contents can be text without being UTF-8! (And
> imagine how would people react if Subversion enforced UTF-8 for all
> text files.)

It what universe would you think I was talking about file contents?

Or to rephrase: DUH. Of course file contents could use other charsets.

> We decided it for paths, and that's it.

Nope. We said that text strings passed around within the libraries (log
message is a good one, paths, property names, etc) would be considered to be
in UTF-8. We chose that following the same reasoning as using UTF-8 for the
pathnames: consistency and that it can represent any other character set.

Cheers,
-g

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