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rest, i expect more senior people to put their views forward!
read this for more info on UTF-8
[edited by: ankur14vicky at 2:15 pm (utc) on Aug. 22, 2005]
Presently we have English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Canadian etc.
There are arguments for using local encoding over UTF-8 for several Asian character sets. However, as time goes by the reasons for concern fade. Generally speaking there are some older softwares that have difficulty with UTF-8, but newer software and systems don't seem to have the same display problems.
Given the languages you have listed I'd say that UTF-8 would be a safe choice. You would then want to make sure that you set the language properly for each site.
I also have used 'weft' to avoid character set problems. Weft is an old technology and works great with server side fonts. I have used multiple langauges in a single page itself, including hindi and dozens of other languages, by implementing server side fonts.
Even complex fonts render so well in weft that it looks great.
You can check out weft on [microsoft.com...]
The best set of resources for people creating multilingual sites are the Unicode pages by Alan Wood. Search for 'Alan Wood unicode' and you'll find them.