Re: Mapping between Windows codepage and ISO codepage

From: Mark H. David (
Date: Wed Jul 01 1998 - 15:59:53 EDT

CP1255 (Windows Hebrew) is a superset of ISO 8859-8 (Hebrew), but it has
the vowel points and other characters needed to support Yiddish. In
addition, the vowel points are necessary to support writing Hebrew vowel
points, a way of writing that is not nearly as widely used as unpointed
Hebrew, but still is required for a great many applications.

CP1255 contains really the core set of Unicode Hebrew characters.

Also, note that its use also implies support for composed characters.

Mark David

At 06:41 PM 6/30/98 -0700, Victor Tse wrote:
>On Windows, there are cp1252, cp1250, cp1251 and etc. On UNIX, there are
>I know that cp1252 is corresponds to 8859-1. Are they exactly the same
>code point by code point?
>What about the other? Can you tell me their relationship?
>Is cp1251 corresponds to 8859-5? I see that the encoding are very
>different between cp1251 and 8859-5.
>A conversion seen to be needed when a Windows(Russian) client talks to
>UNIX(Russian) server.
>A mapping table between UNIX locale identifier (such as en_us) and the
>corresponding codepage used(such as 8859-1)
>will also be very helpful. Any pointer to literature that have those
>Any insight on why Windows do not use the ISO charset standard and
>invent their own charset?
>Thanks for your help.
>Victor Tse

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