Macintosh encodings

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File Format
Name Macintosh encodings
PRONOM x-fmt/14

The Macintosh "Classic" OS (before OS X) used a number of 8-bit encodings for various locales. These are supersets of ASCII but don't resemble any other standard encoding in the range from 128 to 255. MacSymbol and MacDingbats are graphic character sets that are completely different from ASCII.

Text encoded with the Macintosh fonts often uses just CR (0X0D) for a line ending, without LF (0X0A).

Macintosh encodings may include an "Apple logo" character, making Unicode mappings problematical, due to Unicode's policy of not encoding corporate logos. In practice, the Apple logo is usually encoded as U+F8FF, in Unicode's "private use" area.

List of encodings


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