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Re: Embarrassing typo!

From: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 14:38:51 +0200
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
cc: "'gerald et al.'" <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20010421164359-b01010701-99addece@>
On 20.04.01 at 23:09, Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com> wrote:

>On 20.04.01 at 22:31, Bailey, Bruce <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov> wrote:
>>Terje:  I assume you don't mind two copies?

Nope. I like to think I have better filters then Gerald -- he uses some
dinky UNIX mailer while I use the email client for _real_ men: Mailsmith
from Bare Bones Software <URL:http://www.barebones.com/> on Mac OS :-) --
but I probably just have more time to burn. :-|

>>[...] The W3C validator doesn't support [iso-8859-1-Windows-3.1-Latin-1]
>>and erroneous reports a "fatal error". That charset is valid and
>>registered, reference [IANA].
>I'm not sure what the charset "iso-8859-1-Windows-3.1-Latin-1" really is.
>Because it was registered at IANA and "windows-1252" was not, many people
>believed that "iso-8859-1-Windows-3.1-Latin-1" was the official name for
>"windows-1252".  I'm not sure if this belief is really correct, especially
>since "windows-1252" has since been registered separately at IANA.
>The WDG HTML Validator treats "iso-8859-1-Windows-3.1-Latin-1" as an alias
>for "windows-1252" at the moment, but I may remove
>"iso-8859-1-Windows-3.1-Latin-1" support altogether since I'm not sure
>that it is equivalent to windows-1252.

I'm thinking I'll add it. I need to make a general charset-aliasing
function and this might make a good test case. Since I don't forsee any
problems with making iso-8859-1-Windows-3.1-Latin-1 an alias for
windows-1252 I might as well put it in and leave it there.

That charset is _definitely_ not widely used and I think treating it
(perhaps erroneously) as an alias for windows-1252 is less destructive then
reporting a fatal error. I've been meaning to write some documentation
reccomending UTF-8 in any case. :-)

    BTW, does anyone know where Jukka's writings are at these days
    (post hut.fi)? Didn't he have some fairly comprehensive writings
    on charset issues?

More worrying is the fact that we don't catch ISO-8859-1 in documents
labelled as US-ASCII (see TODO #1 <URL:http://validator.w3.org/todo.html>)
and I don't quite know why. Do any of you (Liam, Nick? Anyone?) have any
ideas? What does Page Valet and the WDG Validator (and A Real Validator for
that matter) do with that doc?
Received on Saturday, 21 April 2001 10:44:09 UTC

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