Subject: RE: [xsl] Upper ASCII chars|
From: Jay Burgess <jburgess@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:00:01 -0600
-----Original Message----- From: Jonathan Perret [mailto:jonathan@xxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 11:42 AM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: [xsl] Upper ASCII chars
> > (Michael) Oh dear: "upper ASCII". There's no such thing. ASCII stops > > at 0x7F. A good first rule in understanding character coding issues > > is to get your terminology straight! > > > Yes, ASCII is a 7-bit protocol. But in the all the years I've been in this > business, when someone says "upper ASCII", everyone else knows what they're > talking about. Since my goal was to define my problem, and all three of you > seemed to understand the issue, I believe it accomplished its purpose.
As far as I can tell, when someone says "upper ASCII" it is foretelling of a character encoding problem : it usually means "8-bit characters outside of ASCII, whose encoding has not been specified". For example, what character is at 0x9B ? For the three most commonly encountered codepages on the PC : IBM 850 : o slash (ø) IBM 437 : c slash (¢) windows 1252 ('ANSI')/latin-1 : right single guillemet (>)
I hope for you that your ssi parser will be lucky in its choice of codepages, particularly if you are under Windows since windows uses different codepages for the UI ('ANSI') and for filenames ('OEM').