On Sun, Feb 11, 2001 at 04:30:34PM +0100, Frank Mittelbach wrote:

> TeX is 7bit with a parser that accepts 8bit but doesn't by default gives it
> any meaning. On the other hand Omega is 16bit (or more these days?) and could
> be viewed as internally using something like Unicode for representation.

But isn't the 7/8-bit stuff in TeX "system-dependent"?
I take this to mean optional.
Couldn't one therefore make UTF-8 the standard
without even asking the Great Man's premission?

Timothy Murphy
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