Re: Accept-Charset support

On Dec 18, 12:03am, Keld J|rn Simonsen wrote:

[in amongst generally good stuff ]

> Of cause it complicates matters
> with yet another parameter, but it could help in chosing an
> appropiate font, and then it is the right concept.

Sequences of bytes, sequences of characters, and sequences of glyphs
are not the same thing. The charset does not, necessarily, map 1:1 to
the font encoding vector. The characters might not even be displayed
visually - they might be spoken for example.

> I note that a MIME charset identifies a repertoire,

Not necessarily. It identifies a mapping from  (one or more)
bytes to characters. In the particular case of HTML it does not identify
a repertoire at all. It is possible to write a document that contains the
entire character repertoire of 10646, and have it correctly labelled as
US-ASCII - just using numeric character references.

Chris Lilley, W3C                          [ ]
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Received on Wednesday, 18 December 1996 00:09:49 UTC