Matthias Clasen mclasen at
Wed Sep 22 20:07:26 EEST 2004

> It is not easy to get rid of COMPOUND_TEXT since many X11 specs have to
> be rewritten/updated to do that. And backwards-compatibility to existing
> (binary) applications is required, too.
> What about adding an extension to ISO 2022 which defines a new sequence
> to mark the following string as UTF-8 - is that possible ? That way
> backwards-compatibility to COMPOUND_TEXT is maintained and existing
> applications still work without any changes. Is that possible (to be
> honestly I don't know much about COMPOUND_TEXT) ?

You don't get rid of a monstrosity by making it even more monstrous...

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