Subject: Re: Read-line strangeness
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/11/10
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Christopher Browne
| By looking at a backtrace, I can see that what it's "freaking at" is
| that it's reading a line with a name that contains a "funny
| international accent," which presumably isn't fitting well into
| ISO-8859-1.

  Windows' apostrophes are usually taken from the typographic are of
  Unicode and mapped into high control area (0x80-0x9F) just to screw
  with people who like the ISO 8859-1 standard.

| Now, I had been _thinking_ that all this readtable stuff that has been
| causing such bluster was pretty irrelevant to me, and that I could,
| for the time being, just ignore it from a practical perspective.  

  It has nothing to do with readtables, ut everything to do with
  external-format processing.

| It now seems otherwise; it seems as if I need to attach some sort of
| readtable information _somewhere_; I'm not quite clear on where.

  See your system documentation on the available and default external-
  format settings to open (and friends).

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