Re: [xsl] Character encoding in MSXML 3.0 from VB

Subject: Re: [xsl] Character encoding in MSXML 3.0 from VB
From: "Christopher R. Maden" <crism@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 10:29:45 -0800
At 10:14 10-01-2001 +0000, David Carlisle wrote:
(You might also wonder why Windows takes the ISO encodings and
gratuitously shuffles the characters round:-)

To be fair, it doesn't really. Windows CP 1252 is exactly the same as ISO 8859-1 for characters 0-127 and 160-255. The upper control characters block in ISO 8859-1 is replaced in CP 1252 by characters useful or necessary for western European text: oe ligatures, s and z caron, trademark, curly quotes and dashes of various sorts, ellipses, daggers, and most recently, the Euro symbol. Not to attempt to defend Microsoft's standards record, but in this instance they did pretty well by not pretending that what they're using is a standard while still making it as compatible as reasonably possible.

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