Bill Kelly, 08.04.2008 14:51:
>> Unicode (and a relevant encoding such as UTF8) should be the *standard* for all (new)
>> programming languages and not an exception.
> 
> Apparently not, as One Character Encoding to Rule Them All is not considered
> satisfactory to many people.
But Unicode/UTF8 would at least satisfy a *lot* more people than plain ASCII or 8bit encodings (such as ISO-8859-x)

> Here's a long thread on the subject from the archives: http://tinyurl.com/ge2kp
> 
> Anyway, ruby 1.8 *does* have usable UTF-8 support "out of the box."  (See also
> post #9 in that thread by Matz talking about 1.8.)
Ah! Good to know that. 
 
> Ruby 1.9 has much broader support for handling multiple character encodings.
Is there any release plan for 1.9? 

Thomas