Re: MES instead of ISO 8859-nn

From: Jonathan Rosenne (
Date: Fri Jul 04 1997 - 15:08:37 EDT

At 05:37 04/07/97 -0400, Martin J. Duerst wrote:
>On Thu, 3 Jul 1997, Markus Kuhn wrote:
>> I expect problems like this to be many orders of magnitude worse
>> once Unicode starts to get widely used on the Web. The above
>> problem is at least well-defined, the people using the
>> 0x80-0x9f characters in HTML are clearly wrong, the HTML specification
>> leaves no doubt about this. The problem is just that the authors
>> of HTML export filters of one very popular word processor have been
>> ignorant about the problem (I won't mention names here).
>Some software makers have been ignorant in the past, but they
>have catched up. If you think this one hasn't, please tell me
>their name in private, and I will contact them.

This would be allowed if the HTML charset will be coded correctly as
CP1250. I guess authoring tools will gradually get over producing a
misleading 8859-1 specification, which many do now.

A note to authoring tools producers: If you do not know for sure that it is
8859-1 don't produce this charset specification. Either get the correct
data from the operating system or ask the user, and if this is not possible
it is better you do nothing!


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