Site Explaining Western European Character Sets


I can't believe I missed this, but Unicode guru Alan Wood has a great chart explaining the differences between Windows-1252 (ANSI) vs. Latin 1 (ISO-8859-1) vs. Mac Roman.

For people new to Unicode, this is the chart that explains why non-English characters don't always come out the same between Mac and Windows. Characters like British pound (£) were assigned different code numbers in Mac vs Windows.

These days Mac and Windows can usually translate between each other's encodings (technically both are Unicode)...but the glitches still occur from time to time.

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