CEN Guide to the Use of Character Sets in EuropeTC 304

8-bit Character Sets - User Requirements


The ultimate user of equipment that makes use of coded character sets is concerned with such matters as which languages it supports, whether page layout information can be preserved during interchange of documents, and other matters of a similar nature. This section of the guide is concerned with the facilities available in character set standards to meet such requirements.

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Language Support

One of the prime requirements in the use of character sets is to be able to support the languages of concern to the user. A number of different International Standards have been developed to provide multilingual support. In addition, other languages are supported by the character sets of the International Register of Coded Character Sets to be used with Escape Sequences.

This page provides an index to the various sections of the guide containing information on the languages supported by such standards and register entries.

It may be helpful to read the introduction to concepts and terminology before following some of the above references.


Page and Display Formats

Text that is communicated by the use of coded character sets is usually intended ultimately for presentation on a screen or printed page. There is a need to be able to communicate, with that data, information concerning the layout of the text on the screen or page.

Such layout information may be either

Two standards are available that provide coded control functions for embedding layout information in communicated text.


European Requirements

There are various published sources of guidance on the use of character set standards in Europe. These include:


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