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Re: HTML5 Issue 11 (encoding detection): I18N WG response...

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:47:25 -0700
Cc: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, ""Martin J. Dürst"" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, "Phillips, Addison" <addison@amazon.com>, Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@vicnet.net.au>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "public-i18n-core@w3.org" <public-i18n-core@w3.org>
Message-id: <7BF9AA9E-5FF6-4ECC-9C70-616A62BAB232@apple.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

On Oct 11, 2009, at 12:23 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:

> What phrase best approximates the areas of the world where _today_  
> UAs are
> shipping with a 1252 default encoding?

"locales that predominantly use the Latin script"

Or you could say:

"locales that predominantly use the Latin script, and whose primary  
languages are completely or almost completely covered by Windows-1252."

I'm not sure if browsers today use ISO-8859-2, ISO-8859-3, ISO-8859-4,  
ISO-8859-7 or ISO-8859-10 (or their Windows equivalents) as the  
default encoding for any locale, but if they do, it is surely not be  
based on a judgment that countries using those scripts are not  
"Western". Few would consider Albania (whose primary language is  
covered adequately by Windows-1252) to be somehow more "Western" than  
Malta, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland or Slovenia (whose languages  
are not).

Note: in the browsers that vary this, it is always determined by  
"locale", not "demographic" (which is not a computing concept). I  
don't think using the term "demographic" makes sense in this context.

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