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Re: binary vs non-binary ports
Alex Shinn wrote:
At Sat, 18 Sep 2004 09:31:02 -0700, Per Bothner wrote:
* Most file formats that mix text and binary i/o do *not* handle
general strings: often they only support whatever character encoding
the "creative" engineers are most familiar with.
I think relatively few formats assume a single encoding. Either they
tend to treat strings agnostically as a sequence of bytes (leaving
encoding interpretation up to the programmer),
Which means they only handle a single encoding.
HTTP, MIME, and most internet standards ...
HTTP is net work protocol, not a file encoding. MIME is primarily a
network protocol, though it also ends up being use for email storage.
Network people tend to be more aware of internationalization issues
- they have to be.
I suspect widely use file formats tend to handle internationalized text,
since at least somebody involved with specifyin them will have a basic
understanding og internationalization. Home-grown file formats are I
suspect more likely to be single-format.
In any case this is a side issue, of course.