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Re: [Cif2-encoding] A new(?) compromise position

On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 12:24:45AM +1000, James Hester wrote:
> Here is a newish compromise:
> Encoding: The encoding of CIF2 text streams containing only code points in
> the ASCII range is not specified. CIF2 text streams containing any code
> points outside the ASCII range must be encoded such that the encoding can be
> reliably identified from the file contents.  At present only UTF8 and UTF16
> are considered to satisfy this constraint.

I concur with the principle of this statement (Herbert and John have
already demonstrated that some additional drafting effort may be needed
to eliminate or reduce ambiguity). It leaves the door open for
additional encodings that are deemed to satisfy the constraint of
providing self-identification, perhaps through key signatures or
hashcodes; but there is then an onus on a community wishing to adopt
such an encoding to develop and publish the criteria that make it

(I'm not *encouraging* this to happen; the irony of our lengthy debate
is that we all seem to be trying to achieve the promulgation of a
canonical encoding.)

Best wishes
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