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Re: IANA registered name for Microsoft Windows Code Page 1252

From: Chris Wendt <christw@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 09:15:09 -0700
Message-ID: <043801bdc79e$b544ff40$ec86389d@christw2.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "Misha Wolf" <misha.wolf@reuters.com>, "www international" <www-international@w3.org>
From: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>
>Microsoft's position is that as WCP 1252 is a superset
>of ISO 8859-1, it is safe to label pages encoded using WCP 1252 as
>"ISO-8859-1".

Not exactly: It is safe only if you do not use Windows-1252 characters 0x80
to 0x9F.

Microsoft does not recommend to label documents containing bytes 0x80 to
0x9F as "iso-8859-1". Windows-1252 and iso-8859-1 are identical for the
bytes outside 0x80 to 0x9F. Unless your otherwise Windows-1252 encoded
document contains characters in that range, you should label "iso-8859-1".

Microsoft has requested registration of Windows code page 1252 as
"Windows-1252" sometime in 1997 (but it seems IANA did not accept
registrations anymore since then, at least didn't publish them).

By the way there are named entities for the characters in the 0x80 to 0x9F
range of Windows-1252 but they are not very widely understood.

Windows-1252 references:

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/unicode/unicodecp.htm

ftp://ftp.unicode.org/Public/MAPPINGS/VENDORS/MICSFT/WINDOWS/
Received on Friday, 14 August 1998 12:14:51 GMT

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