On Mon, 2004-06-28 at 13:09, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> I guess this predates my involvement in the TEI. I cannnot see any
> reference to that in P4 or P5
I'm afraid so. P2 :-)
> >Having said that, there are many reasons why one might want to keep
> >ASCII encoding for archive copies of TEI documents, rather than use
> >UTF-8 files, not the least of which is that many potential users of
> >TEI documents are not in a position to use UTF-8 conformant software.
> everyone is in a position to; many, I agree, choose not to enter the
> 21st century :-}
This is a fallacy, I'm afraid. Some users are in organisations which
will not permit suitable software to be installed; some are in orgs,
especially in currency-weak areas, which cannot provide suitable
hardware. I feel it is unfair to deny them access for the moment.
Some users in otherwise advanced and well-equipped universities
are still having to use long-obsolete operating systems on antique
hardware because small-department budgets do not run to replacement.
In an on-demand server-fed environment it is almost trivial to generate
a UTF-8 document from one stored in US-ASCII which uses character
entities. If someone has a suitably reliable piece of software to do
the reverse in this environment I would be interested to use it.