[thelist] Re: [css-d] charset standardization

Andrew Clover and-evolt at doxdesk.com
Tue Apr 6 20:48:27 CDT 2004

Scott Blanchard <octigonuser at hotmail.com> wrote:

> should i use UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 as the charset of an xhtml document?

[f'uped to evolt; OT for CSS-d]

For English or Spanish either will do.

UTF-8 is a better choice if you might want to add other languages' 
unusual characters without having to use escapes.

ISO-8859-1 is a better choice if you want to be able to edit the pages 
with a text editor that doesn't support Unicode.

> What is the ramifications of using one over the other?

Little. Browser compatibility for both is pretty much universal these 
days. (note: there are still some issues with using UTF-8 in e-mail, in 
particular in Japan, but for the web it's fine.)

Andrew Clover
mailto:and at doxdesk.com

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