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Re: windows-XXXX and cpXXXX

From: Kenichi Handa
Subject: Re: windows-XXXX and cpXXXX
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 20:50:07 +0900
User-agent: SEMI/1.14.3 (Ushinoya) FLIM/1.14.2 (Yagi-Nishiguchi) APEL/10.2 Emacs/22.0.50 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) MULE/5.0 (SAKAKI)

In article <address@hidden>, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> Why would non-DOS users need cp1252? why cannot they use windows-1252,
> which is the official IANA name of that encoding?

> The fact that people get confused by what the Emacs manual says about
> this (which I believe is what led us to this discussion) can be taken
> care of by fixing the manual.  There's no need to modify code for that.

> In short, cp1252 is something we invented in codepage.el.  So we might
> as well retire those cpXXX symbols for good, on all platforms (except
> DOS, which must use codepage.el).  That is my suggestion: let's remove
> cpXXX and cpXXXX aliases from code-pages.el, and let's start educating
> users to use windows-XXXX instead.

At least cpXXX can't be replaced by windows-XXX.  Do you
suggest to use the official name ibmXXX instead?

But, I've just checked the name cp1252 on google and found this:

iconv supports cpXXXX from fairly long ago.  CPXXXX are used
also in this page:
It seems that Java (JVM) also support the name cp1252.

So, I think the name cpXXXXs have already acquired
citizenship, and thus it is a lack of sophistication not to
support the name cpXXXX.

Of course, I agree that it is the right thing to somehow
merge codepage.el and code-pages.el, and provide the same
definition of a coding system to both DOS and non-DOS users.
But we don't have a man power to work on it now.

Kenichi Handa

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