W3C International Internationalization

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Character sets supported by popular Web applications (needs review to weed out non-registered stuff)

Tango Creator,
Tango browser 3.0
(Alis Technologies)
Netscape Navigator 3.0/4.0
(Netscape)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5
(Microsoft)
Arabic
iso-8859-6 / asmo-708 × - ×
x-mac-arabic - - ×
windows-1256 × - ×
Baltic
iso-8859-4 - - ×
windows-1257 - - ×
Central European
iso-8859-2 / latin2 × × ×
x-mac-ce - ×¹ ×
windows-1250 × × ×
Chinese Simplified
euc-cn - - ×
gb2312 × × ×
hz-gb-2312 × × ×
x-mac-chinesesimp - - ×
cp-936 × - -
Chinese Traditional
big5 × × ×
x-mac-chinesetrad - - ×
cp-950 × - -
cp-932 × - -
euc-tw - × -
Cyrillic
iso-8859-5 × × ×
koi8-r × × ×
koi8 × - ×
x-mac-cyrillic - ×¹ ×
windows-1251 × × ×
Greek
iso-8859-7 × × ×
x-mac-greek - ×¹ ×
windows-1253 × × ×
Hebrew
iso-8859-8* × - ×
iso-8859-8-i × - ×
x-mac-hebrew - - ×
windows-1255 × - ×
Icelandic
x-mac-icelandic - - ×
Japanese
euc-jp × × ×
iso-2022-jp × × ×
x-mac-japanese - - ×
shift_jis × × ×
Korean
ks_c_5601-1987 / ksc5601 × × ×
euc-kr - × ×
iso-2022-kr × × ×
x-mac-korean - - ×
Latin 9
iso-8859-15 / latin9 - - ×
Maltese
iso-8859-3 / latin3 - - ×
Thai
windows-874 / tis-620 × - ×
Turkish
iso-8859-9 / latin5 - × ×
x-mac-turkish - ×¹ ×
windows-1254 - - ×
Unicode
utf-7 × × ×
utf-8 × × ×
iso-10646-ucs-2 × ×² ×
us-ascii × × ×
Vietnamese
windows-1258 - - ×
Western European
iso-8859-1 / latin1 × × ×
x-mac-roman - ×¹ -
macintosh - - ×
windows-1252 × - ×
Other
isiri-3342 × - -

¹ = Macintosh version. ² = Navigator 4.0 only. * = forbidden in HTML 4.0 and newer.

(This table is not official. It may be incorrect. Its purpose is simply to indicate the most widely supported encodings.) For Microsoft, see also Microsoft's own (longer) table.

Other browsers

Opera 3.21
Opera 3.21 cannot switch between encodings. You can set one encoding in the preferences dialog.
Lynx 2.7
Lynx will recognize the charset, but can only show documents in charsets compatible with that of the terminal on which it is running.

W3C Martin Dürst, I18N Activity Lead
Webmaster
Last updated $Date: 2001/12/21 08:33:46 $