Re: Microsoft takes over

From: Robert A. Rosenberg (
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 01:17:26 EST

At 09:01 -0800 on 03/17/00, Andreas Prilop wrote about Microsoft takes over:

> <title>Unicode Home Page</title>
> <meta content="text/html; charset=windows-1252" http-equiv="Content-Type">
> <meta content="Microsoft FrontPage 3.0" name="GENERATOR">
>Could anybody enlighten me why the Unicode Home Page announces itself
>with "charset=windows-1252"? A proprietary charset that isn't even
>registered with IANA.

Two comments:

  1) It is my impression that MS has recently registered windows-1252
with IANA (the other windows-125x were already registered).

  2) Labeling the charset as windows-1252 instead of iso-8859-1 only
matters if the extra 32 characters in the (wasted in Latin1) x80-x9F
codepoint range actually appear on the page. Otherwise the page will
display correctly (so long as the few xA0-xFF codepoint characters
that are different between Windows and Macintosh do not appear) using
either IE and NAV (and I think most other Browsers) since they
recognize windows-1252 as an alias for iso-8859-1 (since if it WERE
iso-8859-1 the x80-x9F codepoints would not occur in the first place).

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