Re: bit notation in ISO-8859-x is wrong

From: Michael \(michka\) Kaplan (
Date: Sun Oct 10 2004 - 19:21:29 CST

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    Not really a Unicode issue....

    And not really a bug. Whether one calls the first item #0 or #1 is a
    regional or technical matter that is honestly somethind that does not
    matter. International standards (like 8859), football fans ("we're #!!"),
    and elevators (floor 1 in e.g. the US, floor 0 in e.g. Sweden) are all
    arbitrary ways of numbering something.

    Now, since the 8859 standard is an 8-bit standard that is documented a
    calling them b1 through b8, it is obvious what their decision was. the only
    "bug" here is one of user expectations if anyone does not accept their
    decision.... :)


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Cristian Secarã" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2004 7:01 PM
    Subject: bit notation in ISO-8859-x is wrong

    > The bit notation in ISO-8859-x series of standards are noted b8 ... b1.
    > What notation is that ? Normally it should be b7 ... b0.
    > For example, in ISO-8859-15 there is a table that says that b1 equals
    > 1. This is wrong: 2^1=2, not 1. It should be b0 instead, where 2^0=1.
    > The same mistake is in ISO-8859-14, the same in ISO-8859-14 and most
    > likely in all 8859 series.
    > ???
    > Cristi

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