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Re: lynx-dev Windows character translation favors German over French?

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Windows character translation favors German over French?
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 11:48:20 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 28 Feb 2000, Doug Kaufman wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2000 address@hidden wrote:
> > I've run some preliminary tests of lynx.exe with the IBM PC character
> > set option enabled, and the latest February version does indeed put
> > things like German umlauts where they belong, leaving accented French
> > characters translated as Greek letters.  Since the IBM PC character
> > set can at least do French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc., it appears
> > the translation algorithm could do with some more tweaking.
> > (
> I am a bit confused by exactly what you are doing here. Your email
> claimed to be in cp437, but your subject says windows. As far as I
> know, Microsoft Windows uses windows-1252 in the US. I thought that
> cp437 and cp850 were used primarily under plain DOS. 

As far as I know, by default windows-1252 is used by default in a
when runnning in a window and cp850 in fullscreen mode.  (So when
you switch [Alt-Enter ?], the displayed characters change.  Thank
Microsoft for that.)

> If you are in
> Windows, do you have the same problem if you set Display Character
> Set to windows-1252? A mismatch between your Display Character Set
> setting and your actual display could account for unusual display of
> characters.

Sounds like he is using cp437 where cp850 should be used.
The code pages happen to agree on the posistions of the characters
used in German, but not some others.


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