ISO standard for 8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets for information processing. Multipart standard, each part specifying a Latin alphabet covering several Languages or a combination of Latin with Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Cyrillic
The ISO 8859 standard includes several 8-bit extensions to the ASCII character set. Especially important is ISO 8859-1, the "Latin Alphabet No. 1", which has become widely implemented and may already be seen as the de facto standard ASCII replacement. ISO 8859-1 supports the following languages: Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Scottish, Spanish, and Swedish. Note that the ISO 8859-1 characters are also the first 256 characters of ISO 10646 (Unicode). However, it lacks the EURO symbol and does not fully cover Finnish and French. ISO 8859-15 is a modification of ISO 8859-1 that covers these needs. See Also ASCII.