ISO 2022 = ECMA-35

From: Werner Lemberg (
Date: Thu Oct 23 1997 - 04:00:39 EDT

On Wed, 22 Oct 1997, John Cowan wrote:

> > Although this is rather far afield from current topics, I suppose it bears
> > restatement, since it is "old" and nobody remembers any more that there are
> > decades-old standards that tell us how to transmit any ISO-registered
> > character set in both the 8-bit and 7-bit environments, and to do so in a
> > simple and fairly efficient manner, using a choice (or mixture) of single
> > shifts and locking shifts.
> Part of the problem is that clear, coherent explanations of ISO 2022
> are hard to find. I have put together one myself, based entirely
> on what I have been able to glean from reading code and searching
> the Web, as a part of implementing ISO 2022 in the ASCII-font
> program FIGlet (

The complete ISO 2022 standard can be obtained *for free* from
as standard ECMA-35 (in pdf and MS word format). Even a free CD-ROM
containing all ECMA standards can be ordered.

They also offer free of charge all registrated character sets.


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