Re: 8859-1, 8859-15, 1252 and Euro

From: Alain LaBonté  (
Date: Thu Feb 10 2000 - 14:15:06 EST

À 10:50 2000-02-10 -0800, Brendan Murray/DUB/Lotus a écrit:
>I think most do. The only problems I've encountered are from MS, when the
>usual behavior is to accept the claim that the document is encoded as
>8859-1 and assume that it's 1252 if any C1 characters are encountered.
>Conversely, outbound data uses 8859-1, or 8859-15 if the Euro's present -
>I've never heard of anyone using the extra French and Finnish characters,
>but I suppose that would trigger it too.

[Alain] I have heard that many do use it directly for interchange, in
France mainly. I have contacts to that effect showing solutions under Unix
and Mac platforms. 8859-15 was done for the EURO and we profited of the
occasion to fix the historical mistakes done to French and Finnish in
ISO/IEC 8859-1.

In fact Latin 1 could have been replaced by this character set (8 useless
chaarcters were replaced) but that would not have been a better solution
than tagging 8859-1 when 1252 is used.

In fact also there would be no big harm if a 1252 font existed with both
the C1 space used for graphic characters and the 8 different characters in
the G1 space displayed as Latin 9 characters. It would not be perfect
(search problems), but it would be better off for display. But... oh
heretic am I, just discard that paragraph, I do not really mean it. These
are Satanic verses. (%=

>While the purists object to the use of ANY charset which contains graphics
>in C1, I think it's perfectly acceptable, as long as the recipient has a
>fighting chance of interpreting it. What's supremely frustrating is the
>fact that the data claims it's 8859-1 when it's really 1252.

[Alain] Yes, I agree. And it is of course frustrating also to see the 1252
tag annoy our sighting when the native character set of the machine is
already 1252!!!

Alain LaBonté

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