Re: Euro

From: Misha Wolf (
Date: Tue Oct 21 1997 - 13:23:12 EDT

John Wilcock wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Oct 1997 05:48:43 -0700 (PDT), Misha Wolf wrote:
> >The current tally is:
> >
> > Unicode-capable browsers : at least 4 (*)
> > Latin-0-capable browsers : 0
> >
> > * NC 4.0, IE 4.0, Alis's Tango, Accent's Multilingual Mosaic
> >
> >Are you suggesting this ratio will, somehow, be reversed?
> It may be, at least in the short term, since Latin-0 has the advantage
> (in terms of ease of implementation) of being an *8-bit* character
> set.
> Do you have a count for the number of browsers which can display 8-bit
> ISO-8859-x encodings (where x <> 1), but not multi-octet encodings?
> [I don't, but I expect that there are many]

I didn't bother responding to the person whose reply started with the
sentence: "Rubbish." I will respond, briefly, to your mail.

It depends what you mean by "can display". I work for a commercial
organisation. Our clients use browsers for a living (as well as for fun).
They don't have the time to mess about with trick fonts or to try each
entry on the browsers Encoding menu in order to read the page before them.
The latest HTTP and HTML specs make it clear that browsers should be
informed, via HTTP or HTTP-EQUIV, of the charset of the page being served
up. I listed four browsers which: (1) correctly interpret such
instructions, and (2) understand Unicode. To my knowledge, none of them
understand the charset "ISO-8859-0". If you know of one, please say so.

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