RFC 128: We are contemplating allowing sender and receiver to specify different byte sizes

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

Wow. Can you imagine how that would have turned out? On the bright side, Unicode would not be necessary, since a company in China could specify a byte size large enough to represent any Chinese characters, and likewise for Iran, Korea, Hindi, etc. .

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