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Joel writes:

"Some popular encodings of English text are Windows-1252 (the Windows 9x standard for Western European languages) and ISO-8859-1, aka Latin-1 (also useful for any Western European language)."

These days it's probably more appropriate to use Latin-9 encoding as it drops a couple of less essential characters (for languages) for others that are actually used. And most importantly, it incorporates the € sign.

Those differences are detailed here:

Software not supporting Unicode is bad enough but not even supporting up-to-date encodings as Latin-9 is even worse.

Sven-S. Porst
Monday, October 13, 2003

Dream on. Latin-1 & co. are only used anymore when nobody cares about encoding issues anyway. Unicode nowadays defines all encodings that matter. Non-Unicode encodings are only relevant for legacy apps so we might as well ignore updates to those encodings.

Chris Nahr
Tuesday, October 14, 2003

As long as you want to exchange information with people who don't use Unicode, you'll have to deal with these encodings.

The usenet, for example, seems to be rather slow at picking up Unicode.

Sven-S. Porst
Thursday, October 16, 2003

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