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What actual purpose do accent characters in ISO-8859-1 and Windows 1252 serve?

I can think of a simple use. If your keyboard driver supports it, when you want to type an accented letter, say an ë, you press the [¨] key and then the [e] key. Between these two keystrokes your ...
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What actual purpose do accent characters in ISO-8859-1 and Windows 1252 serve?

Was there ever a real operating system that used Win1252 or ISO8859-1 and actually supported multibyte character-composition It goes back much farther. Multics supported "canonicalization" ...
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What actual purpose do accent characters in ISO-8859-1 and Windows 1252 serve?

TL;DR: It's about compatibility with previous 7-bit character sets They are there for upward compatibility with previous character sets, much the same way as Unicode features duplicates to maintain 1:...
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What actual purpose do accent characters in ISO-8859-1 and Windows 1252 serve?

Even on systems which didn't have keyboard-driver support for combining diacritics, some applications programs would provide such support themselves. Although my preferred text editor from the 1980s ...
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