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Re: How to pronounce "charset"?

From: Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 16:25:35 +0200
Cc: Paul Hoffman <paul.hoffman@gmail.com>, "semtlenori@gmail.com" <semtlenori@gmail.com>, "ietf-http-wg@w3.org" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <BC46906C-8D91-4FF6-B887-7693DBA1EB32@tzi.org>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
On May 15, 2013, at 16:09, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com> wrote:

>  “charset” is a reference to the media type parameter name

Not just a parameter name, it also is a term of art:

http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/REC-charmod-20050215/#sec-EncodingIdent

It is one of the great accidents in Web and Applications Area architecture that the term charset was built from the roots of "character set", which it is only loosely related to, and which in turn is a bad term by itself because it is not at all a set of characters either (the actual set is called "character repertoire" in JTC1/SC2 terms).

Grüße, Carsten
Received on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:26:05 UTC

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