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Re^2: Encoding is a pain.
in thread Encoding is a pain.
I fail to see the problem ...
Which, itself, is a problem. That you have it isn't unusual (most people have it) but there is a problem.
People. People are the problem, or at least a large part of it.
Any solution that starts off "If only everybody did X completely differently than they do now" is doomed to failure as a universal solution. Won't work, and its 'universality' will die the death of a thousand cuts, some technical (and yes, Unicode has technical problems), some social, and some political. It'll be fought because it's sub-optimal in many cases, because people don't like it, because they resent what they see as someone saying "your solution sucks, and so do you -- mine is better", because universal solutions are universally riddled with design compromises, because... because people are ornery. On both (or all) sides of the issue.
Anyone who thinks they have a universal solution needs to get their ego in check, since it's visible from orbit. All solutions have flaws. Failing to recognize them doesn't mean they aren't there, and acting if they don't exist does noone any favors.