PMP Mail Archive: PMP> How "wide" open is Alternative 4? Only 25 out of 211 char

PMP Mail Archive: PMP> How "wide" open is Alternative 4? Only 25 out of 211 char

PMP> How "wide" open is Alternative 4? Only 25 out of 211 char

Tom Hastings (hastings@cp10.es.xerox.com)
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 12:35:14 PDT

I looked at the 211 coded character sets that are currently registered
with IANA and only about 25 of them meet the Printer MIB alternative 4
that US-ASCII are in code positions 32 to 126. They are:

US-ASCII itself
the 11 ISO 8858-n standards (6 Latin standards, plus Latin-Greek,
Latin-Cyrillic, Latin-Hebrew, and Latin-Arabic).
5 Microsoft extensions to 5 Latin sets for Windows
CSA_Z243.4-1985-gr (A Canadian Latin-Greek)
IEC P27-1 (which I didn't recognize what it was)
JIS C6226-1978 (old JIS Kanji Standard)
JIS C6226-1983 (Alias: JIS_X0208-1983 - newer JIS Kanji Standard)
Shift JIS (A Microsoft US-ASCII, plus Katakana, plus Kanji multi-byte set)
GB 2312-80 (PCL Symbol Set Id: 18C) (PRC Chinese Kanji)
UTF-8

I'm not sure about the Koren national standard (KS_C_5601-1987),
whether it can be or is used with US-ASCII in 32 to 126.

Most of them are ones designed for particular host platforms that
applications run under.

Tom