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[Bug 11423] New: Character sets not registered with IANA

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Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 18:49:19 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=11423

           Summary: Character sets not registered with IANA
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: sandals@crustytoothpaste.net
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


In the section "Determining the character encoding", windows-949 is provided as
a default, but it is not registered with IANA.  HTML5 should not be encouraging
people to use a character set that the creator has not even bothered to
register with IANA.  It's not like registering a character set with IANA is a
particularly difficult or drawn-out process, and it guarantees that there is
some reliable (and hopefully semi-permanent) documentation about the mapping
between the character set and Unicode for potential implementers.

Furthermore, the next sections states that "User agents must support the
preferred MIME name of every character encoding they support, and should
support all the IANA-registered names and aliases of every character encoding
they support."  It is obviously impossible to comply with this, since
windows-949 does not have a preferred MIME name, due to its lack of
registration with IANA.

I must therefore object to suggesting or encouraging the use of windows-949
until it has been registered appropriately with IANA.

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