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code page

A table that describes a character set for a particular speaking language. It is used by the operating system to display and print a language properly. The code page defines 256 characters based on the 256 possible combinations in a single byte. For most code pages, the first 128 characters conform to the ASCII standard.

Following are commonly used code pages. The DOS code pages are still used in a DOS window in Windows. See ASCII and Unicode.
ANSI/WINDOWS AND ISO CODE PAGES(ISO and ANSI/Windows are not identical.)                         ANSI/ Language     Name       Windows   ISO

 WESTERN EUROPE:
 English
 Spanish
 French
 German
 Italian
 Portuguese
 Danish
 Dutch
 Finnish
 Norwegian
 Swedish
 Basque
 Catalan      Latin 1      1252   8859-1

 CENTRAL/EASTERN EUROPE:
 Polish
 Hungarian
 Croatian
 Czech
 Albanian
 Romanian
 Slovak
 Slovene      Latin 2      1250   8859-2

 Arabic       Arabic       1256   8859-6

 Greek        Greek        1253   8859-7

 Hebrew       Hebrew       1255   8859-8

 Latvian
 Lithuanian   Baltic       1257   8859-13

 Russian      Cyrillic     1251   8859-5

 Thai         Thai          874   8859-11

 Turkish      Turkish      1254   8859-9

 Vietnamese   Vietnamese   1258   8859-1



 DOS CODE PAGES/OEM CODE PAGES

 (Three prefixes are used for DOS code
   pages; for example: code page 858 is
   CP 858, IBM 858 or OEM 858)

 Language         Name         Code Page #

 Western Europe   1st PC           437

 Western Europe   Latin 1          850

 Western Europe
 with Euro        Multilingual     858

 Central/
 Eastern Europe   Latin 2          852

 French Canadian  French Canadian  863

 Greek            Greek            737

 Icelandic        Icelandic        861

 Portuguese       Portuguese       860

 Russian          Cyrillic         855

 Turkish          Turkish          857

 Danish
 Finnish
 Norwegian
 Swedish          Nordic           865
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