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Re: Suggestion for Encodings table

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Preston Landers <planders(at)journyx(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Suggestion for Encodings table
Date: 2005-02-21 04:20:14
Message-ID: 200502210420.j1L4KEP14031@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Preston Landers wrote:
> 
> http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.0/interactive/multibyte.html#CHARSET-TABLE
> 
> I would humbly suggest a few improvements to that Encodings table to
> improve the clarity.
> 
> Many of the entries clearly indicate the language or writing system, such
> as WIN1256 = "Windows CP1256 (Arabic)"
> 
> I would suggest that every single entry should be described that way with
> the common language or writing system name.  Even Unicode could say "All
> languages".
> 
> In particular, the "WIN" encoding just says "CP1251" -- this is Cyrillic
> (Russian) but some people might just see the WIN and assume it's the
> character set that Western/US Windows uses (CP 1252).
> 
> It's an easy mistake to make and one I see repeated frequently on other
> web pages (calling Windows "Western" CP 1251.)  Someone reading English
> language docs and seeing a "WIN" character set might naturally assume that
> it is the English Windows character set.  (Which BTW is not currently
> supported by PG for conversions.)
> 
> Some more examples that might improve clarity:
> 
>  LATIN5 should say "Turkish"
> 
>  LATIN6 should say "Nordic"
> 
>  ALT and KOI8 should say "Cyrillic"   (or Russian)

Great.  Would you submit a patch to the SGML sources?

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