Character Mnemonics and Character Sets (RFC1345)
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This memo lists a selection of characters and their presence in some coded character sets. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.
Network Working Group K. Simonsen Request for Comments: 1345 Rationel Almen Planlaegning June 1992
Character Mnemonics & Character Sets
Status of the Memo
This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This memo lists a selection of characters and their presence in some coded character sets. To facilitate the coded character set tabulations an unambiguous mnemonic for each character is used, and a format for tabulating the coded character sets is defined. The coded character sets are given names for easy reference. A family of coded character sets called the mnemonic character sets and conversion between these coded character set without information loss is defined.
The character set names are registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Additional character sets not described in this memo should be registered with the IANA. This memo may be updated periodically, or additional specifications may be published, to reflect other coded character sets.
Please send any comments including comments about the accuracy of the tables to the author, Keld Simonsen <Keld.Simonsen@dkuug.dk>.
With the growing internationalization of the Internet, support for many coded character sets is required. It is the intention of this memo to document precisely the mapping between all characters and their corresponding coded representations in various coded character sets, and give names to these coded character sets, so they can be referenced unambiguously in Internet standards.
This memo does not indicate anything about the validity of using these specifications in any Internet standard, so you should consult each individual Internet standard to see which coded character sets and names are allowed there.
Unambiguous character mnemonics are specified, which provide a practical way of identifying a character, without reference to a coded character set and its code in this coded character set. The mnemonics are written in a minimal set of characters, namely the invariant 83 graphical characters of ISO 646, which is a kind of greatest common subset to be found between the majority of coded
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character sets, including ASCII, national variants of the ISO 646 7- bit character set and various EBCDICs. In addition, the numeric value of the coded representations of all these characters are the same in all coded character sets compatible with ISO standards. All of them except two, EXCLAMATION MARK and QUOTATION MARK, have the same coded representation in all variants of EBCDIC. This minimal set of characters is called the reference character set in this memo.
The mnemonics can be used in Internet standards for easy and unambiguous reference, and they can also serve as a fallback representation in various Internet specifications.
The coded character sets covered include all...