U is the end of history?

Very nice short essay by Tim Bray on the end game in standards for character sets.

Back in the 1970s Brian Reid wrote in one of the earliest versions of the manual for a text formating program called Scribe that the Stanford extensions to the ASCII character set where either innovation or terrorism depending on where you stood. A quote I always find ironic since Brian went on to help found alt.* on usenet.

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