Re: HTML5 Issue 11 (encoding detection): I18N WG response...

On Oct 11, 2009, at 12:23 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:

> What phrase best approximates the areas of the world where _today_  
> UAs are
> shipping with a 1252 default encoding?

"locales that predominantly use the Latin script"

Or you could say:

"locales that predominantly use the Latin script, and whose primary  
languages are completely or almost completely covered by Windows-1252."

I'm not sure if browsers today use ISO-8859-2, ISO-8859-3, ISO-8859-4,  
ISO-8859-7 or ISO-8859-10 (or their Windows equivalents) as the  
default encoding for any locale, but if they do, it is surely not be  
based on a judgment that countries using those scripts are not  
"Western". Few would consider Albania (whose primary language is  
covered adequately by Windows-1252) to be somehow more "Western" than  
Malta, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland or Slovenia (whose languages  
are not).

Note: in the browsers that vary this, it is always determined by  
"locale", not "demographic" (which is not a computing concept). I  
don't think using the term "demographic" makes sense in this context.


Received on Monday, 12 October 2009 07:48:03 UTC