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Subject: ISO 8859-1 National Character Set FAQ

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ISO 8859-1 National Character Set FAQ Michael K. Gschwind <mike@vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at> DISCLAIMER: THE AUTHOR MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WITH REGARD TO THIS MATERIAL, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Note: Most of this was tested on a Sun SPARCstation 10, running SunOS 4.1.* - other systems might differ slightly This FAQ discusses topics related to the use of ISO 8859-1 based 8 bit character sets. It discusses how to use European (Latin American) national character sets on UNIX-based systems and the Internet. If you need to use a character set other than ISO 8859-1, much of what is described here will be of interest to you. However, you will need to find appropriate fonts for your character set (see section 17) and input mechanisms adapted to you language. 1. Which coding should I use for accented characters? Use the internationally standardized ISO-8859-1 character set to type accented characters. This character set contains all characters necessary to type all major (West) European languages. This encoding is also the preferred encoding on the Internet. ISO 8859-X character sets use the characters 0xa0 through 0xff to represent national characters, while the characters in the 0x20-0x7f range are those used in the US-ASCII (ISO 646) character set. Thus, ASCII text is a proper subset of all ISO 8859-X character sets. The characters 0x80 through 0x9f are earmarked as extended control chracters, and are not used for encoding characters. These characters are not currently used to specify anything. A practical reason for this is interoperability with 7 bit devices (or when the 8th bit gets stripped by faulty software). Devices would then interpret the character as some control character and put the device in an undefined state. (When the 8th bit gets stripped from the characters at 0xa0 to 0xff, a wrong character is represented, but this cannot change the state of a terminal or other device.) This character set is also used by AmigaDOS, MS-Windows, VMS (DEC MCS is practically equivalent to ISO 8859-1) and (practically all) UNIX implementations. MS-DOS normally uses a different character set and is not compatible with this character set. (It can, however, be translated to this format with various tools. See section 5.) Footnote: Supposedly, IBM code page 819 is fully ISO 8859-1 compliant. ISO 8859-1 supports the following languages: Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. (Reportedly, Welsh cannot be handled due to missing \^{w} and \^{y}.) (It has been called to my attention that Albanian can be written with ISO 8859-1 also. However, from a standards point of view, ISO 8859-2 is the appropriate character set for Balkan countries.) ISO 8859-1 is just one part of the ISO-8859 standard, which specifies several character sets: 8859-1 Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada, Africa 8859-2 Eastern Europe 8859-3 SE Europe/miscellaneous (Esperanto, Maltese, etc.) 8859-4 Scandinavia/Baltic (mostly covered by 8859-1 also) 8859-5 Cyrillic 8859-6 Arabic 8859-7 Greek (the same as ELOT928 ???) 8859-8 Hebrew 8859-9 Latin5, same as 8859-1 except for Turkish instead of Icelandic 8859-10 Latin6, for Lappish/Nordic/Eskimo languages Unicode is advantageous because one character set suffices to encode all the world's languages, however very few programs (and even fewer operating systems) support wide characters. Thus, only 8 bit wide character sets (such as the ISO 8859-X) can be used with these systems. Unfortunately, some programmers still insist on using the `spare' eigth bit for clever tricks, crippling these programs such that they can process only US-ASCII characters. Footnote: Some people have complained about missing characters, e.g. French users about a missing 'oe'. Note that oe is not a character, but a typographical ligature (a combination of two characters for typographical purposes). Ligatures are not part of the ISO 8859-X standard. (Although 'oe' used to be in the draft 8859-1 standard before it was unmasked as `mere' ligature.) Two stories exist for the removal of the oe: (1) argues that in the final session, the French admitted that oe was only a ligature. This prompted the committee to remove it. (2) argues that the French member missed the session and the members from the other countries simply decided to remove it. (If this is true, where were the Swiss and Belgians?) Note that the oe ligature is different from the 'historical ligature' which is now considered a letter in Nordic countries and cannot be replaced by the the latters 'ae'. A semi-official statement about the missing oe: 4. The present part 1 reflects the position of AFNOR of 1987. It may be that this is regretted now, but no action can be taken before AFNOR makes clear what it wants now. Canada may try to convince AFNOR that something should be done, but as far I know the SC2-FRANCE is no longer active. They do not respond to letter ballots, nor to E-mail. 2. Getting your terminal to handle ISO characters. Terminal drivers normally do not pass 8 bit characters. To enable proper handling of ISO characters, add the following lines to your .cshrc: ---------------------------------- tty -s if ($status == 0) stty cs8 -istrip -parenb ---------------------------------- If you don't use csh, add equivalent code to your shell's start up file. Note that it is necessary to check whether your standard I/O streams are connected to a terminal. Only then should you reconfigure the terminal driver. Note that tty checks stdin, but stty changes stdout. This is OK in normal code, but if the .cshrc is executed in a pipe, you may get spurious warnings :-( If you use the Bourne Shell or descendants (sh, ksh, bash, zsh), use this code in your startup (e.g. .profile) file: ---------------------------------- tty -s if [ $? = 0 ]; then stty cs8 -istrip -parenb >&0 fi ---------------------------------- Footnote: In the /bin/sh version, we redirect stdout to stdin, so both tty and stty operate on stdin. This resolves the problem discussed in the /bin/csh script version. A possible workaround is to use the following code in .cshrc, which spawns a Bourne shell (/bin/sh) to handle the redirection: ---------------------------------- tty -s if ($status == 0) sh -c "stty cs8 -istrip -parenb >&0" ---------------------------------- 3. Getting the locale setting right. For the ctype macros (and by extension, applications you are running on your system) to correctly identify accented characters, you may have to set the ctype locale to an ISO 8859-1 conforming configuration. On SunOS, this may be done by placing ------------------------------------ setenv LANG C setenv LC_CTYPE iso_8859_1 ------------------------------------ in your .login script (if you use the csh). An equivalent statement will adjust the ctype locale for non-csh users. The process is the same for other operating systems, e.g. on HP/UX use 'setenv LANG german.iso88591'; on IRIX 5.2 use 'setenv LANG de'; on Ultrix 4.3 use 'setenv LANG GER_DE.8859' and on OSF/1 use 'setenv LANG de_DE.88591'. The examples given here are for German. Other languages work too, depending on your operating system. Check out 'man setlocale' on your system for more information. *****If you can confirm or deny this, please let me know.***** Currently, each system vendor has his own set of locale names, which makes portability a bit problematic. Supposedly there is some X/Open document specifying a <language>_<country>.<character_encoding> syntax for environment variables specifying a locale, but I'm unable to confirm this. While many vendors know use the <language>_<country> encoding, there are many different encodings for languages and countries. Many vendors seem to use some derivative of this encoding: It looks as if <language> is the two-letter code for the language from ISO 639, and <country> is the two-letter code for the country from ISO 3166, but I don't know of any standard specifying <character_encoding>. An appropriate name source for the <character_encoding> part of the locale name would be to use the character set names specified in RFC 1345 which contains names for all standardized character sets. (Preferably, the canonical name and all aliases should be accepted, with the canonical name being the first choice.) Using this well-known character set repository as name source would bring an end to conflicting names, without the need to introduce yet another character set directory with the inherent dangers of inconsistency and duplicated effort. *****If you can confirm or deny this, please let me know.***** Footnote on HP/UX systems: As of 10.0, you can use either german.iso88591 or de_DE.iso88591 (a name more in line with other vendors and developing standards for locale names). For a complete listing of locale names, see the text file /usr/lib/nls/config. Or, on HP-UX 10.0, execute locale -a . This command will list all locales currently installed on your system. 4. Selecting the right font under X11 for xterm (and other applications) To actually display accented characters, you need to select a font which does contains bit maps for ISO 8859-1 characters in the correct character positions. The names of these fonts normally have the suffix "iso8859-1". Use the command # xlsfonts to list the fonts available on your system. You can preview a particular font with the # xfd -fn <fontname> command. Add the appropriate font selection to your ~/.Xdefaults file, e.g.: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- XTerm*Font: -adobe-courier-medium-r-normal--18-180-75-75-m-110-iso8859-1 Mosaic*XmLabel*fontList: -*-helvetica-bold-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- While X11 is farther than most system software when it comes to internationalization, it still contains many bugs. A number of bug fixes can be found at URL http://www.dtek.chalmers.se:80/~maf/i18n/. Footnote: The X11R5 distribution has some fonts which are labeled as ISO fonts, but which contain only the US-ASCII characters. 5. Translating between different international character sets. While ISO 8859-1 is an international standard, not everybody uses this encoding. Many computers use their own, vendor-specific character sets (most notably Microsoft for MS-DOS). If you want to edit or view files written in different encoding, you will have to translate them to an ISO 8859-1 based representation. There are several PD/free character set translators available on the Internet, the most notable being 'recode'. recode is available from URL ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/u2/emacs. recode is covered by FSF copyright and is freely redistributable. The general format of the program call is one of: recode [OPTION]... [BEFORE]:[AFTER] [FILE] The second form is the common case. Each FILE will be read assuming it is coded with charset BEFORE, it will be recoded over itself so to use the charset AFTER. If there is no such FILE, the program rather acts as a filter and recode standard input to standard output. Some recodings are not reversible, so after you have converted the file (recode overwrites the original file with the new version!), you may never be able to recontruct the original file. A safer way of changing the encoing of a file is to use the filter mechanism of recode and invoke it as follows: recode [OPTION]... [BEFORE]:[AFTER] <[OLDFILE] >[NEWFILE] Under SunOS, the dos2unix and unix2dos programs (distributed with SunOS) will translate between MS-DOS and ISO 8859-1 formats. It is somewhat more difficult to convert German, `Duden'-conformant Ersatzdarstellung ( = ae, = ss or sz etc.) into the ISO 8859-1 character set. The German dictionary available as URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/dicts/deutsch.tar.gz also contains a UNIX shell script which can handle all conversions except ones involving (German scharfes-s), as for `ss' this change is more complicated. A more sophisticated program to translate Duden Ersatzdarstellung to ISO 8859-1 is Gustaf Neumann's diac program (version 1.3 or later) which can translate all ASCII sequences to their respective ISO 8859-1 character set representation. 'diac' is available as URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/diac. Translating ISO 8859-1 to ASCII can be performed with a little sed script according to your needs. But be aware that * No one-to-one mapping between Latin 1 and ASCII strings is possible. * Text layout may be destroyed by multi-character substitutions, especially in tables. * Different replacements may be in use for different languages, so no single standard replacement table will make everyone happy. * Truncation or line wrapping might be necessary to fit textual data into fields of fixed width. * Reversing this translation may be difficult or impossible. * You may be introducing ambiguities into your data. 6. Printing accented characters. 6.1 PostScript printers If you want to print accented characters on a postscript printer, you may need a PS filter which can handle ISO characters. Our Postscript filter of choice is a2ps, the more recent version of which can handle ISO 8859-1 characters with the -8 option. a2ps V4.3 is available as URL ftp://imag.imag.fr/archive/postscript/a2ps.V4.3.tar.gz. If you use the pps postscript filter, use the 'pps -ISO' option for pps to handle ISO 8859-1 characters properly. 6.2 Other (non-PS) printers: If you want to print to non-PS printers, your success rate depends on the encoding the printer uses. Several alternatives are possible: * Your printer accepts ISO 8859-1: You're lucky. No conversion is needed, just send your files to the printer. * You printer supports a PC-compatible font: You can use the recode tool to translate from ISO 8859-1 to this encoding. (If you are using a SunOS based computer, you can also use the unix2dos utility which is part of the standard distribution.) Just add the appropriate invocation as a built-in filter to your printer driver. At our site, we use the following configuration to print ISO 8859-1 characters on an IBM Proprinter XL : /etc/printcap lp|isolp|Line Printer with ISO-8859-1:\ :lp=/dev/null:\ :sd=/usr/spool/lpd/lp:mx#0:if=/usr/spool/lpd/iso2dos.sh:rs: rawlp|Lineprinter:\ :lp=:rm=lphost.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at:rp=lp:sd=/usr/spool/lpd/rawlp:rs: /usr/spool/lpd/iso2dos.sh #!/bin/sh if /usr/local/gnu/bin/recode latin-1:ibm-pc | /usr/ucb/lpr -Prawlp then exit 0 else exit -1 fi * Your printer uses a national ISO 646 variant (7 bit ASCII with some special characters replaced by national characters): You will have to use a translation tool; this tool would then be installed in the printer driver and translate character conventions before sending a file to the printer. The recode program supports many national ISO 646 norms. (If you add do this, please submit it to the maintainers of recode, so that it can benefit everybody.) Unfortunately, you will not be able to display all characters with the built-in characters set. Most printers have user-definable bit-map characters, which you can use to print all ISO characters. You just have to generate a pix-map for any particular character and send this bitmap to the printer. The syntax for these characters varies, but a few conventions have gained universal acceptance (e.g., many printers can process Epson-compatible escape sequences). * Your printer supports a strange format: If your printer supports some other strange format (e.g. HP Roman8, DEC MCS, Atari, NeXTStep, EBCDIC or what have you), you have to add a filter which will translate ISO 8859-1 to this encoding before sending your data to the printer. 'recode' supports many of these character sets already. If you have to write your own conversion tool, consider this as a good starting base. (If you add support for any new character sets, please submit your code changes to the maintainers of recode). If your printer supports DEC MCS, this is nearly equivalent to ISO 8859-1 (actually, it is a former ISO 8859-1 draft standard. The only characters which are missing are the Icelandic characters (eth and thorn) at locations 0xD0, 0xF0, 0xDE and 0xFE) - the difference is only a few characters. You could probably get by with just sending ISO 8859-1 to the printer. * Your printer supports ASCII only: You have several options: + If your printer supports user-defined characters, you can print all ISO characters not supported by ASCII by sending the appropriate bitmaps. You will need a filter to convert ISO 8859-1 characters to the appropriate bitmaps. (A good starting point would be recode.) + Add a filter to the printer driver which will strip the accent characters and just print the unaccented characters. (This character set is supported by recode under the name `flat' ASCII.) + Add a filter which will generate escape sequences (such as " <BACKSPACE> a for Umlaut-a (), etc.) to be printed. Recode supports this encoding under the name `ascii-bs'. Footnote: For more information on character translation and the 'recode' tool, see section 5. 7. TeX and ISO 8859-1 If you want to write TeX without having to type {\"a}-style escape sequences, you can either get a TeX versions configured to read 8-bit ISO characters, or you can translate between ISO and TeX codings. The latter is arduous if done by hand, but can be automated if you use emacs. Simply add the following line to your .emacs startup file. This mode will perform the necessary translations for you automatically: ------------------ (require 'iso-cvt) ------------------ If you want to configure TeX to read 8 bit characters, check out the configuration files available in URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit. In LaTeX 2.09 (or earlier), use the isolatin or isolatin1 styles to include support for ISO latin1 characters. Use the following documentstyle definition: \documentstyle[isolatin]{article} isolatin.sty and isolatin1 are available from all CTAN servers and from URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit. (The isolatin1 version on vlsivie is more complete than the one on CTAN servers.) There are several possibilities in LaTeX 2e to provide comprehensive support for 8 bit characters: The preferred method is to use the inputenc package with the latin1 option. Use the following package invocation to achieve this: \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} The inputenc package should be the first package to be included in the document. For a more detailed discussion, check out URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie/tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/latex2e.ps (in German). Alternatively, the styles used for earlier LaTeX versions (see above) can also be used with 2e. To do this, use the commands: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{isolatin} You can also get the latex-mode to handle opening and closing quotes correctly for your language. This can be achieved by defining the emacs variables 'tex-open-quote' and 'tex-closing-quote'. You can either set these varaibles in your ~/.emacs startup file or as a buffer-local variable in your TeX file if you want to define quotes on a per-file basis. For German TeX quotes, use: ----------- (setq tex-open-quote "\"`") (setq tex-closing-quote "'\"") ----------- If you want to use French quotes (guillemets), use: ----------- (setq tex-open-quote "") (setq tex-closing-quote "") ----------- Bibtex has some problems with 8 bit characters, esp. when they are used as keys. BibTeX 1.0, when it eventually comes out (most likely some time in 1996), will support 8-bit characters. 8. ISO 8859-1 and emacs Emacs 19 (as opposed to Emacs 18) can automatically handle 8 bit characters. (If you have a choice, upgrade to Emacs version 19.23, which has the most complete ISO support.) Emacs 19 has extensive support for ISO 8859-1. If your display supports ISO 8859-1 encoded characters, add the following line to your .emacs startup file: ----------------------------- (standard-display-european t) ----------------------------- If want to display ISO-8859-1 encoded files by using TeX-like escape sequences (e.g. if your terminal supports only ASCII characters), you should add the following line to your .emacs file (DON'T DO THIS IF YOUR TERMINAL SUPPORTS ISO OR SOME OTHER ENCODING OF NATIONAL CHARACTERS): -------------------- (require 'iso-ascii) -------------------- If your terminal supports a non-ISO 8859-1 encoding of national characters (e.g. 7 bit national variant ISO 646 character sets, aka. `national ASCII' variants), you should configure your own display table. The standard emacs distribution contains a configuration (iso-swed.el) for terminals which have ASCII in the G0 set and a Swedish/Finnish version of ISO 646 in the G1 set. If you want to create your own display table configuration, take a look at this sample configuration and at disp-table.el for available support functions. Emacs can also accept 8 bit ISO 8859-1 characters as input. These character codes might either come from a national keyboard (and driver) which generates ISO-compliant codes, or may have been entered by use of a COMPOSE-character mechanism. If you use such an input format, execute the following expression in your .emacs startup file to enable Emacs to understand them: ------------------------------------------------- (set-input-mode (car (current-input-mode)) (nth 1 (current-input-mode)) 0) ------------------------------------------------- In order to configure emacs to handle commands operating on words properly (such as 'Beginning of word', etc.), you should also add the following line to your .emacs startup file: ------------------------------- (require 'iso-syntax) ------------------------------- This lisp script will change character attributes such that ISO 8859-1 characters are recognized as such by emacs. The GNU Emacs package iso-cvt+ supports reading and writing character sets in various character set encodings (such as ISO Latin1, HTML, TeX, IBM PC,...). To do so, iso-cvt+ install two 'File' menu items, 'Load As' and 'Write As' which allow you to select the desired character set encoding. iso-cvt+ is available at ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/iso-cvt+.el For further information on using ISO 8859-1 with emacs, also see the Emacs manual section on "European Display" (available as hypertext document by typing C-h i in emacs or as a printed version). If you need to edit text in a non-European language (Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic-based languages, Ethiopic, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.), MULE (URL ftp://etlport.etl.go.jp/pub/mule) is a Multilingual Enhancement to GNU Emacs which supports these languages. 9. Typing ISO with US-style keyboards. Many computer users use US-ASCII keyboards, which do not have keys for national characters. You can use escape sequences to enter these characters. For ASCII terminals (or PCs), check the documentation of your terminal for particulars. 9.1 US-keyboards under X11 Under X Windows, the COMPOSE multi-language support key can be used to enter accented characters. Thus, when running X11 on a SunOS-based computer (or any other X11R4 or X11R5 server supporting COMPOSE characters), you can type three character sequences such as COMPOSE " a -> COMPOSE s s -> COMPOSE ` e -> to type accented characters. Note that this COMPOSE capability has been removed as of X11R6, because it does not adequately support all the languages in the world. Instead, compose processing is supposed to be performed in the client using an `input method', a mechanism which has been available since X11R5. (In the short term, this is a step backward for European users, as few clients support this type of processing at the moment. It is unfortunate that the X Consortium did not implement a mechanism which allows for a smoother transition. Even the xterm terminal emulator supplied by the X Consortium itself does not yet support this mechanism!) Input methods are controlled by the locale environment variables (LANG and LC_xxx). The values for these variables are (or at least, should be made equivalent by any sane vendor) equivalent to those expected by the ANSI/POSIX locale library. For a list of possible settings see section 3. 9.2 US-keyboards and emacs 9.2.1 Using ALT for composing national characters There are several modes to enter Umlaut characters under emacs when using a US-style keyboard. One such mode is iso-transl, which is distributed with the standard emacs distribution. This mode uses the Alt-key for entering diacritical marks (accents et al.). To activate iso-transl mode, add the following line to your .emacs setup file: (require 'iso-transl) As of emacs 19.29, Alt-sequences optimized for a particular language are available. Use the following call in .emacs to select your favorite keybindings: (iso-transl-set-language "German") If you do not have an Alt-key on your keyboard, you can use the C-x 8 prefix to access the same capabilities. For pre-19.29 versions, similar functionality is availble as extended iso-transl mode (iso-transl+) which allows the definition of language specific short cuts is available as URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/iso-transl+.shar. This file also includes sample configurations for the German and Spanish languages. 9.2.2 Electric Accents An alternative to using Alt-sequences for entering diacritical marks is the use of `electric accents', such as used on old type writers or under many MS Windows programs. With this method, typing an accent character will place this accent on the next character entered. One mode which supports this entry method is the iso-acc minor mode which comes with the standard emacs distribution. Just add ------------------ (require 'iso-acc) ------------------ to your emacs startup script, and you can turn the '`~/^" keys into electric accents by typing 'M-x iso-accents-mode' in a specific buffer. To type the (c with cedilla) and (German scharfes s) characters, type ~c and "s, respectively. Footnote: When starting up under X11, Emacs looks for a Meta key and if it finds no Meta key, it will use the Alt key instead. The way to solve this problem, is to define a Meta key using the xmodmap utility which comes with X11. 10. File names with ISO characters If your OS is 8 bit clean, you can use ISO characters in file names. (This is possible under SunOS.) 11. Command names with ISO 8859-1 If your OS supports file names with ISO characters, and your shell is 8 bit clean, you can use command names containing ISO characters. If your shell does not handle ISO characters correctly, use one of the many PD shells which do (e.g. tcsh, an extended csh). These are available from a multitude of ftp sites around the world. See section 14 on application specific information for a discussion of various shells. 12. Spell checking Ispell 3.1 has by far the best understanding of non-English languages and can be configured to handle 8-bit characters (Thus, it can handle ISO-8859-1 encoded files). Ispell 3.1 now comes with hash tables for several languages (English, German, French,...). It is available via URL ftp://ftp.cs.ucla.edu/pub. Ispell also contains a list of international dictionaries and about their availability in the file ispell/languages/Where. To choose a dictionary for ispell, use the `-d <dictionary>' option. The `-T <input-encoding>' option should be set set to `-T latin1' if you want to use ISO 8859-1 as input encoding. If you use ispell inside emacs (using the ispell.el mode) to spell check a buffer, you can choose language and input encoding either using the `M-x ispell-change-dictionary' function, or by choosing the `Spell' item in the `Edit' pull-down menu. This will present you with a choice of dictionaries (cum input encodings): all languages are listed twice, such as in `Deutsch' and `Deutsch8'. `Deutsch8' is the setting which will use the German dictionary and the 8 bit ISO 8859-1 input encoding. Alternatively, ispell.el lets you specify the dictionary to use for a particular file at the end of of that file by adding a line such as ---- Local IspellDict: castellano8 ---- The following sites also have dictionaries for ispell available via anonymous ftp: language site file name French ireq-robot.hydro.qc.ca /pub/ispell French ftp.inria.fr /INRIA/Projects/algo/INDEX/iepelle French ftp.inria.fr /gnu/ispell3.0-french.tar.gz German ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at /pub/8bit/dicts/deutsch.tar.gz Spanish ftp.eunet.es /pub/unix/text/TeX/spanish/ispell Portuguese http://www.di.uminho.pt/~jj/pln/pln.html Some spell checkers use strange encodings for accented characters. If you have to use one of these spell checkers, you may have to run recode before invoking the spell checker to generate a file using your spell checker's coding conventions. After running the spell checker, you have to translate the file back to ISO with recode. Of course, this can be automated with a shell script: --------------------- recode <options to generate spell checker encoding from ISO> $i tmp.file spell_check tmp.file recode <options to generate ISO from spell checker encoding> tmp.file $i --------------------- Footnote: Ispell 4.* is not a superset of ispell 3.*. Ispell 4.* was developed independently from a common ancestor, but DOES NOT support any internationalization, but is restricted to the English language. 13. TCP and ISO 8859-1 TCP was specified by US-Americans, for US-Americans. TCP still carries this heritage: while TCP/IP protocol itself *is* 8 bit clean, no effort was made to support the transfer of non-English characters in many application level protocols (mail, news, etc.). Some of these protocols still only specify the transfer of 7-bit data, leaving anything else implementation dependent. Since the TCP/IP protocol itself transfers 8 bit data correctly, writing applications based on TCP/IP does not lead to any loss of encoding information. 13.1 FTP and ISO 8859-1 Transmitting data via FTP is an interesting issue, depending on what system you use, how the relevant RFCs are interpreted, and what is actually implemented. If you transfer data between two hosts using the same ISO 8859-1 representation (such as two Unix hosts), the safest solution is to specify 'binary' transmission mode. Note, however, that use of the binary mode for text files will disable translation between the line-ending conventions of different operating systems. You might have to provide some filter to convert between the LF-only convention of Unix and the CR-LF convention of VMS and MS Windows when you copy from one of these systems to another. If the FTP server and client computers use different encoding, there are two possible approaches: * Transfer all data as binary data, then convert the format using a conversion tools such as recode to translate the tranferred data. * Specify an ASCII connection, and have your FTP server and client convert the encoding automatically. While the first approach always works, it is somewhat cumbersome if you transmit a lot of data. The second transfer solution is much more comfortavle, but it depends on you client (and server) to take care of the appropriate character translations. Since there is no universal standard for network characters beyond ASCII (NVT-ASCII as specified in RFC 854), this depends on attitude of your software vendor. Most Apple Macintosh network software is configured to treat all network data as having ISO 8859-1 encoding and automatically translates from and to the internal MacOS data representation. (This can be problematic, if you want to send or receive text using the Macintosh character set. The correct solution to this problem is to use MIME.) MS-DOS programs are much less well-behaved, and you have to try whether your particular FTP program performs conversion. An additional issue with the automatic translation is how to translate unavailable characters. If FTP is used to store and retrieve data, the original file should be re-constructable after conversion. If data is to printed or processed, different encodings (e.g. graphic approximation of characters) may be necessary. (See the section on character set translation for a full discussion of encoding transformations.) A second, optional parameter is possible for 'type ascii' commands, which specifies whether the data is for non-printing or printing purposes. Ideally, FTP servers for non-8859-1 servers would use this parameter to determine whether to use an invertible encoding or graphical and/or logical approximation during translation. (Although RFC 959, section 3.1.1.5 does not require this.) 13.2 Mail and ISO 8859-1 Most Internet eMail standards come from a time when the Internet was a mostly-US phenomenon. Other countries did have access to the net, but much of the communication was in English nevertheless. With the propagation of Internet, these standards have become a problem for languages which cannot be represented in a 7 bit ISO 646 character set. Using ISO 646, which uses a slightly different character set for each language, also poses a problem when crossing a language barrier, as the interpretation of characters will change. As a result, most countries use the ISO 646 standard commonly referred to as US-ASCII and will use escape sequences such as 'e () or "a () to refer to national characters. The exception to this rule are Nordic countries (more so in Sweden and Finland, less so in Denmark and Norway, I'm being told), where the national ISO 646 variant has garnered a formidable following and is a common reference point for all Nordic users. There are several languages, for which there are not enough replacement characters to code all national variants (e.g. French). Footnote: Hence, French has not followed the nordic track. French net-convention is e' instead of 'e ("l''el'ephant" is strange spelling) and many think that this is very ugly writing anyway and drop the accents altogether but this makes text sometimes funny and incorrect at least. As this situation is clearly unsatisfactory, several methods of sending mails encoded in national character sets have been developed. We start with a discussion of the mail delivery infrastructure and will then look at some high-level protocols which can protect mail users and their messages from the shortcomings of the underlying mail protocols. Footnote: Many other email standards exist for proprietary systems. If you use one of these mail systems, it is the responsibility of the mail gateway to translate your messages to an appropriate Internet mail message when you send a message to the Internet. 13.2.1 Mail Transfer Agents and the Internet Mail Infrastructure The original sendmail protocol specification (SMTP) in RFC 821 specified the transfer of only 7 bit messages. Many sendmail implementations have been made 8 bit transparent (see RFC 1428), but some SMTP handling agents are still strictly conforming to the (somewhat outdated) RFC 821 and intentionally cut off the 8th bit. This behavior stymies all efforts to transfer messages containing national characters. Thus, only if all SMTP agents between mail originator and mail recipient are 8 bit clean, will messages be transferred correctly. Otherwise, accented characters are mapped to some ASCII character (e.g. Umlaut a -> 'd'), but the rest of the messages is still transferred correctly. A new, enhanced (and compatible) SMTP standard, ESMTP, has been released as RFC 1425. This standard defines and standardizes 8 bit extensions. This should be the mail protocol of choice for newly shipped versions of sendmail. Much of the European and Latin American network infrastructure supports the transfer of 8 bit mail messages, the success rate is somewhat lower for the US. DEC Ultrix sendmail still implements the somewhat outdated RFC 821 to the letter, and thus cuts off the eighth bit of all mail passing through it. Thus ISO encoded mail will always lose the accent marks when transferred through a DEC host. If your computer is running DEC Ultrix and you want it to handle 8 bit characters properly, you can get the source for a more recent version of sendmail via ftp (see section 14.9). OR, you can simply call DEC, complain that their standard mail system cannot handle international 8 bit mail, encourage them to implement 8 bit transparent SMTP, or (even better) ESMTP, and ask for the sendmail patch which makes their current sendmail 8 bit transparent. (Reportedly, such a patch is available from DEC for those who ask.) In the meantime, an 8 bit transparent sendmail MIPS binary for Ultrix is available as URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/mips.sendmail.8bit) If you want to change MTAs, the popular smail PD-MTA is also 8 bit clean. 13.2.2 High-level protocols In the Good Old Days, messages were 7-bit US-ASCII only. When users wanted to transfer 8 bit data (binaries or compressed files, for example), it was their responsibility to translate them to a 7 bit form which could be sent. At the other end, the recipient had to unpack the data using the same protocol. The commonly used encoding mechanism used for this purpose is uuencode/uudecode. Today, a standard, MIME (MIME stands for Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions), exists which automatically packs and unpacks data as is required. This standard can take advantage of different underlying protocol capabilities and automatically transform messages to guarantee delivery. This standard can also be used to include multimedia data types in your mail messages. The MIME standard defines a mail transfer protocol which can handle different character sets and multimedia mail, independent of the network infrastructure. This protocol should eventually solve problems with 7-bit mailers etc. Unfortunately, no mail transfer agents (mail routers) and few end user mail readers support this standard. Source for supporting MIME (the `metamail' package) in various mail readers is available in URL ftp://thumper.bellcore.com/pub/nsb. MIME is specified in RFC 1521 and RFC 1522 which are available from ftp.uu.net. There is also a MIME FAQ which is available as URL ftp://ftp.ics.uci.edu/mh/contrib/multimedia/mime-faq.txt.gz. (This file is in compressed format. You will need the GNU gunzip program to decompress this file.) PS: Newer versions of sendmail support ESMTP negotiation and can pass 8 bit data. However, they do not (yet?) support downgrading of 8 bit MIME messages. 13.3 News and ISO 8859-1 Much as mail, the Usenet news protocol specification is 7 bit based, but the infrastructure has been upgraded to 8 bit service... Thus, accented characters are transferred correctly between much of Europe (and Latin America). ISO 8859-1 is _the_ standard for typing accented characters in most newsgroups (may be different for MS-DOS centered newsgroups ;-), and is preferred in most European news group hierarchies, such as at.* or de.* For those who speak French, there is an excellent FAQ on using ISO 8859-1 coded characters on Usenet by Franois Yergeau (URL ftp://ftp.ulaval.ca/contrib/yergeau/faq-accents). This FAQ is regularly posted in soc.culture.french and other relevant newsgroups. 13.4 WWW (and other information servers) The WWW protocol can transfer 8 bit data without any problems and you can advertise ISO-8859-1 encoded data from your client. The display of data is dependent upon the user client. xmosaic (freely available from the NCSA) which is available for most UNIX platforms uses an ISO-8859-1 compliant font by default and will display data correctly. 13.5 rlogin For rlogin to pass 8 bit data correctly, invoke it with 'rlogin -8' or 'rlogin -L'. 14. Some applications and ISO 8859-1 14.1 bash You need version 1.13 or higher and set the locale correctly (see section 3). Also, to configure the `readline' input function of bash to handle 8 bit characters correctly, you have to set some environment variables in the readline startup file .inputrc: ------------------------------------------------------- set meta-flag On set convert-meta Off set output-meta On ------------------------------------------------------- Before bash version 1.13, bash used the eighth bit of characters to mark whether or not they were quoted when performing word expansions. While this was not a problem in a 7-bit US-ASCII environment, this was a major restriction for users working in a non-English environment. These readline variables have the following meaning (and default values): meta-flag (Off) If set to On, readline will enable eight-bit input (that is, it will not strip the high bit from the char- acters it reads), regardless of what the terminal claims it can support. convert-meta (On) If set to On, readline will convert characters with the eighth bit set to an ASCII key sequence by stripping the eighth bit and prepending an escape character (in effect, using escape as the meta prefix). output-meta (Off) If set to On, readline will display characters with the eighth bit set directly rather than as a meta-prefixed escape sequence. Bash is available from prep.ai.mit.edu in /pub/gnu. 14.2 elm Elm automatically supports the handling of national character sets, provided the environment is configured correctly. If you configure elm without MIME support, you can receive, display, enter and send 8 bit ISO 8859-1 messages (if your environment supports this character set). When you compile elm with MIME support, you have two options: * you can compile elm to use 8 bit ISO-8859-1 as transport encoding: If you use this encoding even people without MIME compliant mailers will be able to read your mail messages, if they use the same character set. The eight bit may however be cut off by 7 bit MTAs (mail transfer agents), and mutilated mail might be received by the recipient, regardless of whether she uses MIME or not. (This problem should be eased when 8 bit mailers are upgraded to understand how to translate 8 bit mails to 7 bit encodings when they encounter a 7 bit mailer.) * you can compile elm to use 7 bit US-ASCII `quoted printable' as transport encoding: this encoding ensures that you can transfer your mail containing national characters without having to worry about 7 bit MTAs. A MIME compliant mail reader at the other end will translate your message back to your national character set. Recipients without MIME compliant mail readers will however see mutilated messages: national characters will have been replaced by sequences of the type '=FF' (with FF being the ISO code (in hexadecimal) of the national character being encoded). 14.3 GNUS GNUS is a newsreader based on emacs. It is 8 bit transparent and contains all national character support available in emacs 19. 14.4 less Version 237 and later automatically displays latin1 characters, if your locale is configured correctly. If your OS does not support the locale mechanism, or if you use a version of less older than 237, set the LESSCHARSET environment variable with 'setenv LESSCHARSET latin1'. 14.5 metamail To configure the metamail package for ISO 8859-1 input/output, set the MM_CHARSET environment variable with 'setenv MM_CHARSET ISO-8859-1'. Also, set the MM_AUXCHARSETS variable with 'setenv MM_AUXCHARSETS iso-8859-1'. 14.6 nn Add the line ----------------- set data-bits 8 ----------------- to your ~/.nn/init (or the global configuration file) in order for nn to be able to process 8 bit characters. 14.7 nroff The GNU replacement for nroff, groff, has an option to generate ISO 8859-1 coded output, instead of plain ASCII. Thus, you can preview nroff documents with correctly displayed accented characters. Invoke groff with the 'groff -Tlatin1' option to achieve this. Groff is free software. It is available from URL ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu and many other GNU archives around the world. 14.8 pgp PGP (Phil Zimmermann's Pretty Good Privacy) uses Latin1 as canonical form to transmit crypted data. Your host computer's local character set should be configured in the configuration file ${PGPPATH}/config.txt by setting the CHARSET parameter. If you are using ISO 8859-1 as your native character set, CHARSET should bet set to LATIN1, on MS-DOS computers with code page 850 set 'CHARSET = CP850'. This will make PGP automatically translate all crypted texts from/to the LATIN1 canonical form. A setting of 'CHARSET = NOCONV' can be used to inhibit all translations. ( When PGP is used to code Cyrillic text, KOI8 is regarded as canonical form (use 'CHARSET = KOI8'). If you use the ALT_CODES encoding for Cyrillic (popular on PCs), set 'CHARSET = ALT_CODES' and it will automatically be converted to KOI8. Footnote: Note that PGP treats KOI8 as LATIN1, even though it is a completely different character set (Russian), because trying to convert KOI8 to either LATIN1 or CP850 would be futile anyway. 14.* samba To make samba work with ISO 8859-1, use the following line in the [global] section: valid chars = 0xa0 0xa1 0xa2 0xa3 0xa4 0xa5 0xa6 0xa7 0xa8 0xa9 0xaa 0xab 0xac 0xad 0xae 0xaf 0xb0 0xb1 0xb2 0xb3 0xb4 0xb5 0xb6 0xb7 0xb8 0xb9 0xba 0xbb 0xbc 0xbd 0xbe 0xbf 0xc0:0xe0 0xc1:0xe1 0xc2:0xe2 0xc3:0xe3 0xc4:0xe4 0xc5:0xe5 0xc6:0xe6 0xc7:0xe7 0xc8:0xe8 0xc9:0xe9 0xca:0xea 0xcb:0xeb 0xcc:0xec 0xcd:0xed 0xce:0xee 0xcf:0xef 0xd0:0xf0 0xd1:0xf1 0xd2:0xf2 0xd3:0xf3 0xd4:0xf4 0xd5:0xf5 0xd6:0xf6 0xd7 0xf7 0xd8:0xf8 0xd9:0xf9 0xda:0xfa 0xdb:0xfb 0xdc:0xfc 0xdd:0xfd 0xde:0xfe 0xdf 0xff 14.9 sendmail BSD Sendmail Version 8 has a flag in the configuration file set to True or False which determines whether v8 passes any 8-bit data it encounters, presumably to match the behavior of other 8-bit transparent MTAs and to meet the wants of non-ASCII users, or if it strips to 7 bits to conform to SMTP. The source code for an 8 bit clean sendmail is available in URL ftp://ftp.cs.berkeley.edu/ucb/sendmail. A pre-compiled binary for DEC MIPS systems running Ultrix is available as URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/mips.sendmail.8bit. 14.10 tcsh You need version 6.04 or higher, and your locale has to be set properly (see section 3). Tcsh also needs to be compiled with the national language support feature, see the config.h file in the tcsh source directory. Tcsh is an extended csh and is available in URL ftp://ftp.deshaw.com/pub/tcsh If tcsh has been configured correctly, it will allow national characters in ENVIRONMENT variables, shell variables, file names, etc. set BentigteDateien=/etc/rc cat $BentigteDateien > /dev/null 14.11 vi Support for 8 bit character sets depends on the OS. It works under SunOS 4.1.*, but on OSF/1 vi gets confused about the current cursor position in the presence of 8 bit characters. Some versions of vi require an 8bit locale to work with 8 bit characters. All major replacements for vi seem to support 8 bit characters: 14.11.1 vile ('VI Like Emacs') Vile (by Paul Fox) can be told that the usual range of 8th-bit characters are printable with "set printing-low 160" and "set printing-high 255". By either executing these command in vile or by placing them in ~/.exrc, vile will not use the usual octal or hex expansion for these characters. vile is available from ftp://id.wing.net/pub/pgf/vile. ************************* REQUIRES A RE-WRITE ******************************** Normally, 8 bit chars are printed either in hex (the default) or octal ("set unprintable-as-octal"). they look like "\xC7" or "\307" on your screen. vile was the first vi rewrite to provide multi-window/multi-buffer operation. and since it was derived from micro-emacs, it retains fully rebindable keys, and a built in macro language. the ftp site is id.wing.net:/pub/pgf/vile. the current version is 5.2. it's pretty mature (5 years old). there's an X-aware version as well, that makes full use of the mouse, with scrollbars, etc. (to answer your question, initialization stuff goes in a .vilerc file.) Do you require use of the correct locale settings? no. 8-bit support is fairly primitive. i'll include the pertinent sections of the doc down below. hope all this helps -- paul ------------------------------------ from vile's Help file: 8-Bit Operation --------------- vile allows input, manipulation, and display of all 256 possible byte-wide characters. (Double-wide characters are not supported.) Output ------ By default, characters with the high bit set (decimal value 128 or greater) will display as hex (or octal; see "non-printing- octal" above) sequences, e.g. \xA5. A range of characters which should display as themselves (that is, characters understood by the user's display terminal) may be given using the "printing-low" and "printing-high" settings (see above). Useful values for these settings are 160 and 255, which correspond to the printable range of the ISO-Latin-1 character set. Input ----- If the user's input device can generate all characters, and if the terminal settings are such that these characters pass through unmolested (Using "stty cs8 -parenb -istrip" works for me, on an xterm. Real serial lines may take more convincing, at both ends.), then vile will happily incorporate them into the user's text, or act on them if they are bound to functions. Users who have no need to enter 8-bit text may want access to the meta-bound functions while in insert mode as well as command mode. The mode "meta-insert-bindings" controls whether functions bound to meta- keys (characters with the high bit set) are executed only in command mode, or in both command and insert modes. In either case, if a character is _not_ bound to a function, then it will be self-inserting when in insert mode. (To bind to a meta key in the .vilerc file, one may specify it as itself, or in hex or octal, or with the shorthand 'M-c' where c is the corresponding character without the high bit set. ------------------------------------ also from vile's Help file, these are the settable modes which affect 8-bit operation: meta-insert-bindings (mib) Controls behavior of 8-bit characters during insert. Normally, key-bindings are only operational when in command mode: when in insert mode, all characters are self-inserting. If this mode is on, and a meta-character is typed which is bound to a function, then that function binding will be honored and executed from within insert mode. Any unbound meta-characters will remain self-inserting. (B) printing-low The integer value representing the first of the printable set of "high bit" (i.e. 8-bit) characters. Defaults to 0. Most foreign (relative to me!) users would set this to 160, the first printable character in the upper range of the ISO 8859/1 character set. (U) printing-high The integer value representing the last character of the printable set of "high bit" (i.e. 8-bit) characters. Defaults to 0. Set this to 255 for ISO 8859/1 compatibility. (U) unprintable-as-octal (uo) If an 8-bit character is non-printing, it will normally be displayed in hex. This setting will force octal display. Non-printing characters whose 8th bit is not set are always displayed in control character (e.g. '^C') notation. (B) ************************* REQUIRES A RE-WRITE ******************************** 14.11.2 vim vim was developed on an Amiga in Europe, and supports a mechanism similar to vile. 'vim' supports input digraphs for entering 8-bit chars, the output convention is similar to vile -- raw or nothing. Details are unkonwn. (If you know more about vim, please let me know. A request to comp.editors should yield additional information.) 14.11.3 nvi A recent vi-rewrite which should also should support 8 bit characters. (Keith Bostic (bostic@cs.berkeley.edu) is the author and should know more about nvi.) 15. Terminals 15.1 X11 Terminal Emulators See section 4 on X11 for bug fixes for X11 clients. 15.1.1 xterm If you are using X11 and xterm as your terminal emulator, you should place the following line in ~/.Xdefaults (this seems to be required in some releases of X11, not in all): ------------------------- XTerm*EightBitInput: True ------------------------- 15.1.2 rxvt rxvt is another terminal emulator used for X11, mostly under Linux. Invoke rxvt with the 'rxvt -8' command line. 15.2 VT2xx, VT3xx The character encoding used in VT2xx terminals is a preliminary version of the ISO-8859-1 standard (DEC MCS), so some characters (the more obscure ones) differ slightly. However, these terminals can be used with ISO 8859-1 characters without problems. The newer VT3xx terminals use the official ISO 8859-1 standard. The international versions of the VT[23]xx terminals have a COMPOSE key which can be used to enter accented characters, e.g. <COMPOSE><e><'> will give an e with accent aigu (). 15.3 Various UNIX terminals Some terminals support down-loadable fonts. If characters sent to these terminals can be 8 bit wide, you can down-load your own ISO characters set. To see how this can be achieved, take a look at the /pub/culture/russian/comp/cyril-term on nic.funet.fi. 15.4 MS-DOS PCs MS-DOS PCs normally use a different encoding for accented characters, so there are two options: * you can use a terminal emulator which will translate between the different encodings. If you use the PROCOMM PLUS, TELEMATE and TELIX modem programs, you can down-load the translation tables from URL ftp://oak.oakland.edu/pub/msdos/modem/xlate.zip. (You need to install CP850 for this to work.) * you can reconfigure your MS-DOS PC to use an ISO-8859-1 code page. Either install IBM code page 819 (see section 19), or you can get the free ISO 8859-X support files from the anonymous ftp archive ftp://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/doc/ISO/charsets, which contains data on how to do this (and other ISO-related stuff). The README file contains an index of the files you need. Note that many terminal emulations for PCs strip the 8th bit when in text transmission mode. If you are using such a program to dial up a computer, you may have to configure your terminal program to transmit all 8 bits. 16. Programming applications which support the use of ISO 8859-1 For information on how to write applications with support for localization (to the ISO 8859-1 and other character representations) check out URL ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/ISO-programming. 17. Other relevant i18n FAQs This is a list of other FAQs on the net which might be of interest. Topic Newsgroup(s) Comments Nordic graphemes soc.culture.nordic interesting stuff about handling nordic letters accents sur Usenet soc.culture.french,... Accents on Usenet (French) + more Programming for I18N comp.unix.questions,... see section 16. International fonts ftp://ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/pub/8bit/ISO-fonts Discusses international fonts and where to find them I18N on WWW http://www.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/mike/i18n.html German-HowTo for Linux ftp://ftp.univie.ac.at/systems/linux/sunsite/docs/HOWTO/German-HOWTO Using 8 bit characters ftp://ftp.ulg.ac.be/pub/docs/iso8859/* (1) Much charactersets info ftp://kermit.columbia.edu/kermit/charsets/ http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ (2) (1) written to "convey" the problem to the ASCII programmer, hence more theoretical background. (2) Kermit is second to none (in time and quality) for character sets support and deserves a pointer in this FAQ. 18. Operating Systems and ISO 8859-1 18.1 UNIX Most Unix implementations use the ISO 8859--1 character set, or at least have an option to use it. Some systems may also support other encodings, e.g.~Roman8 (HP/UX), DEC MCS (DEC Ultrix, see the section on VMS), etc. 18.2 NeXTSTEP NeXTSTEP uses a proprietary character set. 18.3 MS DOS IBM code page 819 _is_ ISO 8859-1. Code Page 850 has the same characters as ISO 8859-1, BUT the characters are in different locations (i.e., you can translate 1-to-1, but you do have to translate the characters.) 18.4 MS-Windows Microsoft Windows uses an ISO 8859-1 compatible character set (Code Page 1252), as delivered in the US, Europe (except Eastern Europe) and Latin America. In Windows 3.1, Microsoft has added additional characters in the 0x80-0x9F range. 18.5 DEC VMS DEC VMS uses the DEC MCS character set, which is practically equivalent to ISO 8859-1 (it is a fromer ISO 8859--1 draft standard). The only characters which differ between DEC MCS and ISO 8859-1 are the Icelandic characters (eth and thorn) at locations 0xD0, 0xF0, 0xDE and 0xFE. 19. Table of ISO 8859-1 Characters This section gives an overview of the ISO 8859-1 character set. The ISO 8859-1 character set consists of the following four blocks: 00 19 CONTROL CHARACTERS 20 7E BASIC LATIN 80 9F EXTENDED CONTROL CHARACTERS A0 FF LATIN-1 SUPPLEMENT The control characters and basic latin blocks are similar do those used in the US national variant of ISO 646 (US-ASCII), so they are not listed here. Nor is the second block of control characters listed, for which not functions have yet been defined. +----+-----+---+------------------------------------------------------ |Hex | Dec |Car| Description ISO/IEC 10646-1:1993(E) +----+-----+---+------------------------------------------------------ | | | | | A0 | 160 | | NO-BREAK SPACE | A1 | 161 | | INVERTED EXCLAMATION MARK | A2 | 162 | | CENT SIGN | A3 | 163 | | POUND SIGN | A4 | 164 | | CURRENCY SIGN | A5 | 165 | | YEN SIGN | A6 | 166 | | BROKEN BAR | A7 | 167 | | SECTION SIGN | A8 | 168 | | DIAERESIS | A9 | 169 | | COPYRIGHT SIGN | AA | 170 | | FEMININE ORDINAL INDICATOR | AB | 171 | | LEFT-POINTING DOUBLE ANGLE QUOTATION MARK | AC | 172 | | NOT SIGN | AD | 173 | | SOFT HYPHEN | AE | 174 | | REGISTERED SIGN | AF | 175 | | MACRON | | | | | B0 | 176 | | DEGREE SIGN | B1 | 177 | | PLUS-MINUS SIGN | B2 | 178 | | SUPERSCRIPT TWO | B3 | 179 | | SUPERSCRIPT THREE | B4 | 180 | | ACUTE ACCENT | B5 | 181 | | MICRO SIGN | B6 | 182 | | PILCROW SIGN | B7 | 183 | | MIDDLE DOT | B8 | 184 | | CEDILLA | B9 | 185 | | SUPERSCRIPT ONE | BA | 186 | | MASCULINE ORDINAL INDICATOR | BB | 187 | | RIGHT-POINTING DOUBLE ANGLE QUOTATION MARK | BC | 188 | | VULGAR FRACTION ONE QUARTER | BD | 189 | | VULGAR FRACTION ONE HALF | BE | 190 | | VULGAR FRACTION THREE QUARTERS | BF | 191 | | INVERTED QUESTION MARK | | | | | C0 | 192 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH GRAVE ACCENT | C1 | 193 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH ACUTE ACCENT | C2 | 194 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | C3 | 195 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH TILDE | C4 | 196 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS | C5 | 197 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE | C6 | 198 | | LATIN CAPITAL LIGATURE AE | C7 | 199 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER C WITH CEDILLA | C8 | 200 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH GRAVE ACCENT | C9 | 201 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH ACUTE ACCENT | CA | 202 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | CB | 203 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH DIAERESIS | CC | 204 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH GRAVE ACCENT | CD | 205 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH ACUTE ACCENT | CE | 206 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | CF | 207 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH DIAERESIS | | | | | D0 | 208 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER ETH | D1 | 209 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N WITH TILDE | D2 | 210 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH GRAVE ACCENT | D3 | 211 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH ACUTE ACCENT | D4 | 212 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | D5 | 213 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH TILDE | D6 | 214 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH DIAERESIS | D7 | 215 | | MULTIPLICATION SIGN | D8 | 216 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH STROKE | D9 | 217 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH GRAVE ACCENT | DA | 218 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH ACUTE ACCENT | DB | 219 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | DC | 220 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH DIAERESIS | DD | 221 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH ACUTE ACCENT | DE | 222 | | LATIN CAPITAL LETTER THORN | DF | 223 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER SHARP S | | | | | E0 | 224 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH GRAVE ACCENT | E1 | 225 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH ACUTE ACCENT | E2 | 226 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | E3 | 227 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH TILDE | E4 | 228 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS | E5 | 229 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE | E6 | 230 | | LATIN SMALL LIGATURE AE | E7 | 231 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER C WITH CEDILLA | E8 | 232 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE ACCENT | E9 | 233 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH ACUTE ACCENT | EA | 234 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | EB | 235 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH DIAERESIS | EC | 236 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH GRAVE ACCENT | ED | 237 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH ACUTE ACCENT | EE | 238 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | EF | 239 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH DIAERESIS | | | | | F0 | 240 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER ETH | F1 | 241 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER N WITH TILDE | F2 | 242 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH GRAVE ACCENT | F3 | 243 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH ACUTE ACCENT | F4 | 244 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | F5 | 245 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH TILDE | F6 | 246 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH DIAERESIS | F7 | 247 | | DIVISION SIGN | F8 | 248 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH OBLIQUE BAR | F9 | 249 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH GRAVE ACCENT | FA | 250 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH ACUTE ACCENT | FB | 251 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT | FC | 252 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH DIAERESIS | FD | 253 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH ACUTE ACCENT | FE | 254 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER THORN | FF | 255 | | LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH DIAERESIS +----+-----+---+------------------------------------------------------ Footnote: ISO 10646 calls a `ligature', but this is a letter in (at least some) Scandinavian languages. Thus, it is not in the same, merely typographic `ligature' class as `oe' ({\oe} in {\LaTeX} convention) which was not included in the ISO8859-1 standard. ***Tentative info*** Supposedly the Danish press, some months ago, reported that ISO has changed the standard so from now on and are classified as letters. If you can confirm or deny this, please let me know... ***Tentative info*** 20. History In April 1965, the ECMA (European Computer Manufacturer's Association) stndardized ECMA-6. This the character set is also (and more commonly) also know under the names of ISO 646, US-ASCII or DIN 66003. However, this standard only contained the basic Latin alphabet, with no provisions for national characters in use all across Europe. These characters were later added by replacing several special characters from the US-ASCII alphabet (such as {[|]}\ etc.). These variants were local to each country and were calle `national ISO 646 variants'. Portability from one country to another was low, as each country had their own national variant, and some of the special characters were still needed (such as for programming C), which made this an altogether unsatisfying solution. In 1981, IBM released the IBM PC with an 8 bit character set, code page 437. The order of the characters added was somewhat confusing, to say the least. However, in 1982 the first hardware (DEC VT220 and VT240 terminal) using a more satisfying character set, the DEC MCS (Multilanguage Character Set) was released. This character set was very similar to ISO 6937/2, which is essentially equivalent to today's ISO 8859-1. In March 1985, ECMA standardized ECMA-94, which later came to be known as ISO 8859-1 through 8859-4. However, ISO 8859-1 was officially stndardized by ISO only in 1987. 1987 also saw the release of MS-DOS 3.3 which used Code Page 850. Code Page 850 contains all characters from ISO 8859-1, making a loss-free conversion possible. Code Page 819 which was released later goes one step further, as it is fully ISO 8859-1 compliant. The ISO 8859-X standard was designed to allow as much interoperability between character sets as possible. Thus, all ISO 8859-X character sets are a superset of US-ASCII and all character sets will render English text properly. Also, there is considerable overlap between several character sets: a text written in German using the ISO 8859-1 character set can be correctly rendered in ISO 8859-2, the Eastern European character set, where German is the primary foreign language (-3, -4, -9, -10 supposedly also can display German text without changes). While ISO 8859-X was designed for considerable portability, texts are still restricted mostly to their character set and portability to other cultural areas is a problem. One solution is to use a meta-protocol (such as -> MIME) which specifies the character set which was used to write a text and which causes the correct character set to be used in displaying text. A different approach to overloading the character set as done in the ISO 8859-X standard (where the locations 0xa0 to 0xff are used to encode national characters) is to use wider characters. This is the approach employed in Unicode (which is an enocing of Basic MUlitlanguage Plane (BMP) of ISO/IEC 10646). The downside to this approach is that most of the software available today only accepts 8 bit wide characters (7 bit if you have bad luck :-( ), so the Unicode approach is problematic. This 8 bit restriction permeates nearly all code in use today, including such system software (file systems, process identifiers, etc.!). To ease this problem somewhat, several representations which map Unicode characters to a variable length 8 bit based encoding have been introduced (this encoding is called UTF-8). More information about Unicode can be obtained from URL http://unicode.org. 21. Glossary: Acronyms, Names, etc. i18n I<-- 18 letters -->n = Internationalization e13n Europeanization l10n Localization ANSI American National Standards Institute, the US member of ISO ASCII American Standard Code of Information Interchange CP Code Page CP850 Code Page 850, the most widely used MS DOS code page CR Carriage Return CTAN server Comprehensive TeX Archive Network, the world's largest repository for TeX related material. It consists of three sites mirrowing each other: ftp.shsu.edu, ftp.tex.ac.uk, ftp.dante.de. The current configuration, including known mirrows, can be obtained by fingering ctan_us@ftp.shsu.edu DEC Digital Equipment Corp. DIN Deutsche Industrie Norm (German Industry Norm) DOS Disk Operating System EBCDIC Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code ---a proprietary IBM character set used on mainframes ECMA European Computer Manufacturer's Association emacs Editing Macros, a family of popular text editors ESMTP Enhanced SMTP Esperanto A synthetic, ``universal'' language developed by Dr.~Zamenhof in~1887. FSF Free Software Foundation FTP File Transmission Protocol GNU GNU's not Unix, an FSF project HP Hewlett Packard HP/UX HP Unix IBM International Business Machines Corp. IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers INRIA Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automation IP Internet Protocol ISO International Standards Organization KOI8 ???---a popular encoding for Cyrillic on UNIX workstations \LaTeX{} A macro package for \TeX{} LF Linefeed MCS DEC's Multilingual Character Set---the ISO 8859--1 draft standard MIME Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extension MS-DOS Microsoft's program loader MTA mail transfer agent MUA mail user agent OS Operating System OSF the Open Software Foundation OSF/1 the Open Software Foundation's Unix, Revision 1 PGP Pretty Good Privacy, an encryption package POSIX Portable Operating System Interface (an IEEE UNIX standard) PS PostScript, Adobe's printer language RFC Request for Comment, an Internet standard sed stream editor, a UNIX file manipulation utility SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol TCP Transmission Control Protocol \TeX{} Donald Knuth's typesetting program UDP User Datagram Protocol URL a WWW Uniform Resource Locator US-ASCII the US national variant of ISO 646, see ASCII VMS Virtual Memory System---DEC's proprietary OS W3 WWW WWW World Wide Web X11 X Window System 22. Comments This FAQ is somewhat Sun-centered, though I have tried to include other machine types. If you have figured out how to configure your machine type, please let me (mike@vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at) know so that I can include it in future revisions of this FAQ. 23. Home location of this document 23.1 www You can find this and other i18n documents under URL http://www.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at/mike/i18n.html. 23.2 ftp The most recent version of this document is available via anonymous ftp from ftp.vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at under the file name /pub/8bit/FAQ-ISO-8859-1 ----------------- Copyright 1994,1995,1996 Michael Gschwind (mike@vlsivie.tuwien.ac.at) This document may be copied for non-commercial purposes, provided this copyright notice appears. Publication in any other form requires the author's consent. (Distribution or publication bundled with a product requires the author's consent, as does publication in any book, journal or other work.) 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