Re: HTML - i18n / NCR & charsets

Drazen Kacar (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 03:53:58 +0100 (MET)

From: (Drazen Kacar)
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Subject: Re: HTML - i18n / NCR & charsets
In-Reply-To: <9611261813.AA08437@> from "Dirk.vanGulik" at "Nov 26, 96 07:13:23 pm"
To: (Dirk.vanGulik)
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 03:53:58 +0100 (MET)

Dirk.vanGulik wrote:

> Small bit of text on i18n-html and possible problems with
> the Numerical char-index/code references into a unicode
> rather than the announced charset in HTTP; and the lack
> of signalling out-of-band of this break with current practice.

Current practice? This is the current practice:

You label your document with Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-2

Then you put &aelig; in your document, for example. And user gets Latin 2
character on the screen instead of Latin 1 &aelig;

This is with Netscape 3.0 and earlier versions. I don't know what MSIE does,
I never managed to learn how to use Windows.

> Some possible solutions are proposed:

Ask the browser wendors to fix brain damaged behaviour.

Life is a sexually transmitted disease.