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RE: Compiler for Red Hat Linux 8
- To: "'Joseph S. Myers'" <jsm28 at cam dot ac dot uk>, Bernard Dautrevaux <Dautrevaux at microprocess dot com>
- Subject: RE: Compiler for Red Hat Linux 8
- From: Bernard Dautrevaux <Dautrevaux at microprocess dot com>
- Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 07:51:26 +0200
- Cc: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph S. Myers [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2001 11:40 AM
> To: Bernard Dautrevaux
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: RE: Compiler for Red Hat Linux 8
> On Thu, 19 Jul 2001, Bernard Dautrevaux wrote:
> > Looking at the headers you'll see that you send only
> us-ascii (a quite old
> > subset of iso-8859) while a lot of people use the
> *standard* iso charset,
> > where 0x91 is "opening single quote", 0x92 closing, 0x93
> "opening double
> > quote" and 0x94 closing.
> Have you actually *read* ISO 8859-1, or the free equivalent
> ECMA-94, or an
> adopted national standards body version, or even the draft
> These are not
> graphic characters in the standard.
Ooops, my fault ;-(
Reading a bit too fast and not noticing some green/black differences in
character tables, where green means "Microsoft-specific", in a Web-page
documenting the 8859-1 character set standard; OK I agree, I was not reading
the OFFICIAL standard, but...
> If you haven't actually read a standard (any standard), please don't
> spread misinformation about its contents by making claims about the
> standard without referring to it.
I should loudly apologize here.
I was fooled by reading a *description* of the standard, found on the web,
instead of the *official* standard (I don't know anyway if it's accessible
by Micro$oft "claiming" that it send iso-8859-1 encoded mail while its in
by this being so well-knowned by people commenting the standard that they
publish character tables where the main indication of this m$-ism (if you
read a bit fast and jump to the nice character tables) is that some
characters are displayed in dark green instead of black
and also probably as I don't have such good eyes :-)
The morale for this may be: Don't trust too much programs (be them Microsoft
or not) that claim to be conforming to a standard and *always* verify
several times before...
Now I think it's enough for this broadly off-topic sub-thread :-)
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