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Interchange of Non-English Computer Text

Frank da Cruz
Columbia University, New York

This paper was written in 1994 to explain the ideas behind the character-set conversion features of the Kermit file transfer protocol, which were developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s to address the problems of meaningful interchange of text within the installed base of diverse computers using a multitude of character sets. The problems are less acute now that the diversity of the 1970s and 80s is all but wiped out and Unicode has become the standard common universal character set. This document is encoded in Un