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From the point of view of encoding conversion, you are correct. Encoding
conversions are fairly routine and straight forward.

The point of my original respose was the overall internationalisation
architecture of which character encodings is just one aspect of.
On 08/01/2013 7:03 PM, "J. McRee Elrod" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> >I hate to tell you this but numbers aren't language neutral.
>
> While they are Arabic, we find our clients accept them regardless of
> their own language or script.  Perhaps the Chinese do because they
> have no zero?
>
> Germans have said that they will use German based codes for
> relationships, as opposed to the English based MARC codes.  I doubt if
> many non Anglophone countries will use English html markup.  The IFLA
> ideal of Universal Bibliographic Control (UBC) would seem to be
> becoming ever more impossible.
>
> Mac
>
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