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RE: charset list

From: Chris Wendt <christw@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 16:25:44 -0700
Message-ID: <D524A0BD0DE5FF4E951B6EC5F919FD7A02D4B214@red-msg-01.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Jay Allen" <jayallen@microsoft.com>, "Michael Gorelik" <mgorelik@Novarra.com>, "A. Vine" <avine@eng.sun.com>, "Thierry Sourbier" <webmaster@i18ngurus.com>
Cc: <www-international@w3.org>
There can't be an official list of "x-" charset names because the
definition of "x-" charset names is that they are private, unregistered


The given document lists all charset names IE 4 and IE 5 recognize plus,
as "preferred" charset name the one IE uses to label documents it
generates itself, for example in the File.SaveAs function. Same list is
used in the MLANG functions translating between code page IDs (integer)
and charset labels. Some of the "x-" charset names listed in the doc are
in actual use, for many of them I don't know that anybody actually uses
them. Neither IE nor any related Microsoft app makes it easy to generate
a document labeled, as example, x-iscii-gu, so please do not take this
as a recommendation of any kind. Also don't read into this that
Microsoft endorses or promotes the use of a particular listed encoding.

Stating the _definitive_ list of charset names recognized by IE needs to
take into account that the OS has the necessary rendering support
installed. This table lists the OS requirements, and with the
appropriate OS language support present all of them are recognized.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Allen [mailto:jayallen@microsoft.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 3:33 PM
To: Michael Gorelik; A. Vine; Thierry Sourbier
Cc: www-international@w3.org
Subject: RE: charset list

Microsoft has a good alias list, though it's by no means official, at
the end of this page:

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Michael Gorelik 
	Sent: Wed 8/15/2001 2:04 PM 
	To: 'A. Vine'; Thierry Sourbier 
	Cc: www-international@w3.org 
	Subject: RE: charset list

	So is there some list of those none-standard aliases
	> -----Original Message-----
	> From: A. Vine [mailto:avine@eng.sun.com]
	> Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 2:51 PM
	> To: Thierry Sourbier
	> Cc: Michael Gorelik; www-international@w3.org
	> Subject: Re: charset list
	> Thierry Sourbier wrote:
	> >
	> > I think the x- prefix just means it isn't standard :)
	> it definitely does
	> > My guess is that those
	> > names must have been introduced by IE or Netscape before the
	> > character encoding names Shift_JIS, JIS or EUC_JP got
	> registered with the
	> > IANA. Now they've just become some legacy alias.
	> yes
	> >
	> > Cheers,
	> > Thierry.
	> >
	> > ----- Original Message -----
	> > From: "Michael Gorelik" <mgorelik@Novarra.com>
	> > To: <www-international@w3.org>
	> > Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 5:58 PM
	> > Subject: charset list
	> >
	> > > I can see that lots of japanese pages use x-sjis, x-jis,
	> x-euc-jp charset.
	> > > However, I don't see those defined in IANA registry???
	> > >
	> > > Is there more places to look in order to get a full list
	> of charset used?
	> > >
	> > > Misha Gorelik
	> > > *;O)
	> > >
	> > >
Received on Wednesday, 15 August 2001 19:26:19 GMT

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