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[Bug 23646] "us-ascii" should not be an alias for "windows-1252"

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Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:21:54 +0000
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--- Comment #23 from Paul Eggert <eggert@cs.ucla.edu> ---
It was never common practice to use charset="us-ascii" when the text was
actually Latin-1 or some other extension to ASCII. The default was Latin-1, and
some validators would recommend charset="us-ascii" when the text was limited to
characters in the range 00-7F. So the longstanding meaning of
charset="us-ascii" was "This document is not using any characters outside the
ASCII range, and I've checked it and that's what I want".

Again, I'm not asking that the standard be *changed*, only that this issue be
*explained*. Currently this stuff is entirely a mystery to a non-expert (and it
appears, even to some experts). That's not right.

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