Offtopic: Web Standards Project

Toby Speight tms at
Tue Aug 11 14:53:30 BST 1998

Steven> Steven Champeon <URL:mailto:schampeo at>

0> In article <Pine.LNX.3.95.980808185200.13751E-100000 at wasabi>,
0> Steven wrote:

Steven> I mean, %$#!@, most of the suits I've worked for didn't
Steven> know what 8-bit ASCII was, ...

Well, I'm sure there would be plenty here who'd like to know.  ASCII
is a 7-bit character coding scheme - nothing more, nothing less.  The
term "8-bit ASCII" could be used to refer to any of a number of 8-bit
codes which coincide with ASCII for values under 128: ISO-8859-1,
ISO-8859-2, ..., ISO-8859-9, ISO-2022-JP (I think), the Windows and
Macintosh character sets, and others.

[BTW, when using US-ASCII as an entity character encoding, must one
declare it as UTF-8, and use other means to ensure that multi-byte
characters don't occur?]


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