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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] change default HTML encoding to UTF-8

No Bob, no change here, though I would benefit (on occasion) from utf-8


On 14 August 2017 at 17:48, Bob Stayton <bobs@sagehill.net> wrote:
> We have a bug report suggesting that the default output encoding for the
> DocBook html stylesheet be changed from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8.  Note this only
> applies to the original HTML 4 output from the "html" directory. The "xhtml"
> and "xhtml5" outputs already output UTF.
> The original HTML 4 standard said ISO-8859-1 was the default encoding, but
> that UTF-8 would be acceptable.  It isn't difficult for a user to change the
> output to UTF-8, but it does require a customization.  The question here is
> whether to change the default output encoding to UTF-8.
> This would change the HTML output to replace character references like
> &#xXXXX; to actual UTF-8 encoded characters, and change the encoding
> information in the header to reflect that.
> I'm reluctant to change something that will break the builds that DocBook
> people depend on.  Would this impact you if the change was made?
> Bob Stayton
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> [bugs:#1400] Default encoding for HTML-based outputs
> .
> Status: open
> Group: output: HTML
> Created: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:41 AM UTC by Radu Coravu
> Last Updated: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:41 AM UTC
> Owner: nobody
> One of our clients reported that the default output encoding for Docbook to
> HTML is ISO 8859-1 which is not suitable at all for other languages with
> extended char sets like Russian:
> https://www.oxygenxml.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=14812&p=43711#p43711
> Maybe the default language for HTML (and also for HTML chunk) should be
> changed to be UTF-8 as UTF-8 is already used as the default language for
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Dave Pawson
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