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Re: Charset Trouble

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 18:23:21 +0900
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To: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>, "Parker D. Smith" <uselessness@yahoo.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Just for the record:

http://www.iana.org/assignments/character-sets actually defines

Name: macintosh                                           [RFC1345,KXS2]
MIBenum: 2027
Source: The Unicode Standard ver1.0, ISBN 0-201-56788-1, Oct 1991
Alias: mac
Alias: csMacintosh

and iconv (on validator) supports it, so changing 'x-mac-roman'
to 'macintosh' should pass the validator. But that doesn't mean that
the browsers will do the right thing; they might not understand it.
So in practice, Terje's advice below is what should be followed, I guess.

Regards,   Martin.

At 08:25 01/05/27 +0200, Terje Bless wrote:
>On 10.05.01 at 22:48, Parker D. Smith <uselessness@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >I like to use the W3C HTML validator to check web
> >pages that I write on my Macintosh computer, but it
> >stopped recognizing my charset for some reason.
>We have recently replaced the way we do charset decoding and this is very
>likely what made it stop recognizing your charset.
> >This is the x-mac-roman charset, a very common one on computers of this
> >type.
>MacRoman bears many similarities to ISO Latin 1; perhaps you could use
>"ISO-8859-1" encoding for your documents? Alternately, you could restrict
>yourself to plain US-ASCII and use character entity references (&#2880;) to
>get the glyphs you want. Any decent text editor for web work will assist
>you in this. For Mac OS I'd reccomend BBEdit from Bare Bones Software; a
>truly outstanding tool and irreplaceable for anyone doing web work or
>programming on Mac OS! <URL:http://www.barebones.com/>.
> >I do not know how to change the charset to make it more agreeable with the
> >validator program, but there was a message on the error page that
> >suggested I send a message to this list and ask that it be expanded to
> >include this charset.
> >
> >So this is what I am doing. I would like x-mac-roman charset support in
> >future versions of the www-validator.
>It's unlikely that we will add support for X-Mac-Roman, but you should be
>able to achieve your goal without it. If you run into trouble with the
>conversion you could try asking for advice on
><URL:news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html> or one of the many
>mailinglists devoted to the topic.
Received on Tuesday, 12 June 2001 06:14:23 UTC

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