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

From: R.C. Bakhuizen van den Brink [Rein] (dziewon@xs4all.nl)
Date: Fri Feb 11 2000 - 11:58:14 EST


why are '1/2', '1/4' and '3/4 not available [or partly] in the
other 'Latin' alphabets??

Latin 2, 4 and 6 have none, Latin 3 has '1/2'. Latin 5 and 7 have all:
'1/2', '1/4' and '3/4' just as Latin 1.

What's the philosophy behind it?? Are some nations using the latin scripts
less calculative??

Isn't the 'mass conversion from 8859-1 to 8859-15' already 'severely hampered
by the absence of two useful characters' ???? How many Europeans are already
disadvantaged?
 
My websites are predominantly made for 8859-2 [mixture of Dutch and Polish]
and I can't use the '1/2','1/4' and '3/4' characters. I'm using 'gifs' instead.
The same goes for the 'pound sign'. Not all Latin alphabets are equally
privileged ;)

gtx, Rein

                                                                                    

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Rein Bakhuizen van den Brink URL http://www.xs4all.nl/~dziewon +00-31-71-5212950 [voice] /-5234587 [fax] P.O.Box 749, NL-2300 AS Leiden ISO-8859-2 ʣӦ 󶼿

On Thu, 10 Feb 2000, Doug Ewell wrote: > > >The fact that the set of vulgar fractions was considered "incomplete" in >8859-1 (i.e. 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, 7/8 are missing) did not justify removing >the two most commonly used fractions as well. This is throwing out the >baby with the bath water. > >I think a lot of people will regard 8859-15 as two steps forward (Euro >and French/Finnish characters added) and one step back (1/4 and 1/2 >removed), and the expected mass conversion from 8859-1 to 8859-15 will >be severely hampered by the absence of two useful characters that were >available in 8859-1. > >-Doug Ewell > Fullerton, California > >



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