Re: Characters 0x80 - 0x9F in ISO 8859-1

From: Keld Jørn Simonsen (
Date: Thu Jun 27 2002 - 07:16:09 EDT

On Thu, Jun 27, 2002 at 11:59:14AM +0200, Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
> This list has previously told me that the characters 0x80 - 0x9F in
> ISO 8859-1 are a particular set of control characters from ISO 6429.
> I also see that the ISO 8859-1 mapping published on maps
> these characters into the Unicode characters with the same code
> points.
> I now see that ISO 8859-1 actually says
> "The shaded positions [0x00-0x1f og 0x7f-0x9f] correspond to
> bit combinations that do not represent graphic characters.
> Their use is outside the scope of ISO 8859; it is specifies
> in other International Standards, for example ISO 646 or
> ISO 6429."
> and I find other sources which say that ISO 8859 does not define any
> control characters at all, and that users of it must themselves choose
> a set of characters to use in this range.
> I find this a little confusing and would like to know whether there
> really is a fixed, normative interpretation of this character range.

What people usually use is ISO 6429, this is eg what is used in
IETF charset definitions for the iso-8859 series.

Kind regards

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