Re: Microsoft Code Page Tables

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 19:04:44 EDT

Have you seen a comment from Microsoft which indicates they consider
the API the standard that they will adhere to in future versions,
as opposed to the documentation?

I understand that changing the API will cause interoperability problems,
but so will deviating from the doc if others have depended on it.

I think Microsoft needs to declare which they consider reference
and which is "buggy" and we can't assume either way.

Mark Davis wrote:
> BTW, the pages on don't actually reflect reality (i.e. what you get if you call the Windows APIs).
> For example, has 0x98 as undefined. In reality, it maps to 0098, as you see on
> Similarly, says that 0xFF is unassigned. In reality, it maps to F8F3, as on
> [These tables were generated by programmatically calling the Windows APIs on an NT, version 4.0, service pack 5.]
> This is not to single out Microsoft -- most vendors' documented mapping tables deviate at least slightly from what their APIs actually do. One of the goals of the character mapping project is to determine precisely what the character mappings are so that we can guarantee accurate transcoding between Unicode and legacy sets. This is crucial in a connected world -- if I generate an XML document or HTML page on one machine, I need to be *very* sure that the mapping is precisely what the receiving machine will interpret.
> Mark
> Lori Brownell wrote:
> > Try
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Tom Emerson []
> > Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 11:28 AM
> > To: Unicode List
> > Subject: Microsoft Code Page Tables
> >
> > I've been unable to find the tables showing the characters in each of
> > Microsoft's Code Pages. Specifically I would like to see the table for CP874
> > (which is supposed to be the same as TIS 620).
> >
> > TIA,
> >
> > -tree
> >
> > --
> > Tom Emerson Basis Technology Corp.
> > Language Hacker
> > "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you suck forever"

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