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Re: Definition of charset "macintosh"

From: Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald@alvestrand.no>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 15:40:27 +0100
To: Deborah Goldsmith <goldsmit@apple.com>, IETF Charsets Mailing List <ietf-charsets@iana.org>
Message-id: <1040321252.1011022827@localhost>
nobody seems to have commented on this....

if "macintosh" is used in the industry to refer to a charset that has the 
euro sign in it, then I, personally, think that we should update the 
registration to point out that fact.

In a more rational world, a new "macintosh-euro" charset would be 
registered, but the currency symbol is the single most useless character I 
know about - redefining its codepoint does not cause a great deal of harm 
to the world.

What do others think?

            Harald

--On 14. desember 2001 11:17 -0800 Deborah Goldsmith <goldsmit@apple.com> 
wrote:

> The IANA registration for the charset "macintosh", which represents the
> Mac OS Roman character set, currently refers to RFC 1345.
>
> Since RFC 1345 was published, the definition of the MacRoman character
> set has changed. In particular, the code point 0xDB, which was formerly
> U+00A4 CURRENCY SIGN, was redefined to be U+20AC EURO SIGN.
>
> What would be the appropriate course of action to deal with this
> discrepancy? Registering a new "macintosh-euro" character set seems like
> overkill. Apple would prefer to just redefine the IANA-registered
> character set "macintosh" to conform to the new definition of MacRoman.
> Is that allowed? If so, what procedure should be followed?
>
> The definition of MacRoman can be found at:
>
> http://www.unicode.org/Public/MAPPINGS/VENDORS/APPLE/ROMAN.TXT
>
> Would it be appropriate to refer to that rather than to a (revised) RFC?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Deborah Goldsmith
> Manager, Fonts & Language Kits
> Apple Computer, Inc.
> goldsmith@apple.com
>
>
>
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