Re: FW: Euro currency sign

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Oct 16 1997 - 18:00:36 EDT

Ar 14:38 -0700 1997-10-16, scríobh Alain La Bont\i - ordi3dgsig:
>[Alain] :
>So you do not have Internet correspondents in the following environments:
>Macintosh (proprietary format)
>OS/2 (in general IBM 850 character set)
>8-bit enabled UNIX systems (in general a member of the ISO/IEC 8859 series)
>EBCDIC 037 or 500 CECP, and many other variants
>I do have such correspondents. The easiest common denominator requires an
>8-bit ISO standard.

I do convert into a flavour of 8859-1 when I send from my Mac to the net,
and I convert from a flavour of 8859-1 when I receive from the net to my

>So far *there is* data loss in French even if in some case the repertoire
>for French is complete in the recipient's environment (while in others it
>is not, for example in EBCDIC, for the only reason that the coding space
>fits, maximally, in dimension, with the coding space of ISO 8-bit graphic
>character sets [191 characters, no more!], even if the encoding is
>different -- and then there is not enough room, unless we have a new ISO

This is a problem. Even when Alain uses the ‘ ¦ which is in the Windows
page, I get garbage when it arrives.

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