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[Bug 11423] Character sets not registered with IANA

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Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:58:04 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|REOPENED                    |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #11 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-02-11 22:58:03 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #9)
> The IANA character set registry is what the rest of the Internet uses.

That's not at all clear. In particular, comment 6 suggests it's not what
browser vendors use, which is the target audience of the requirement in

> If you believe it is incomplete, feel free to augment it.

I'm happy for the IANA character set registry to be updated, but whether I do
it, or you do it, or someone else does it, or nobody does it, it doesn't change
what the HTML spec needs to say.

> It would be satisfactory to
> me if the HTML specification decided to define it (as long as the specification
> is sufficiently precise for interoperability and it can be used as the
> reference for the IANA registry).

The HTML spec references a definition of Windows 949.

> Choosing to specify behavior in terms of
> some vendor-specific character set that is undefined actually *harms*
> interoperability.

It isn't undefined, just not registered.

> Since I don't use Windows, how am I to know what byte
> sequences are valid and what their meanings are in this mystery encoding?

Look at its definition, cited in the HTML spec.

> It
> would be totally acceptable for me to simply define windows-949 as UTF-8, since
> there is no other specification, and since it is otherwise undefined, I hereby
> define it as such.

There is another specification.

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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: no new information since comment 8.

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