On using UTF-8 with Java: I just had a paper published on doing
localization with Java 1.1 which talks a bit about that. The first part
is in Java Developer's Journal, Vol 2, Issue 5.
There is an online version that you can get by going to
http://www.taligent.com, then clicking on "Creating Global Applications
with JDK 1.1"
BTW, I welcome any feedback!
Unicode Discussion wrote:
> In message "Re: MES as an ISO standard?",
> 'firstname.lastname@example.org' writes:
> Java Widgets
> > good typography (proportional fonts, kerning, ligatures, etc.) and
> > therefore will also not care about combining characters, bidi,
> > and representation forms.
> I think BIDI is a bit more fundamental than "good typography" :-)!
> > Yes, leaving lots of confusion. Am I allowed to use combing characters
> > in conforming Java variable names? Will they link to precomposed
> > characters? The specification says "Don't know".
> That's one issue that always surprises me a bit. Java is a programming
> language and, as such, I don't care if I can only write variable names
> in 7-bit ASCII. After all, all the keywords are English. The only place
> in the source where one really needs Unicode support is in strings and
> chars (hard-coded). The language in which I write my program is one
> thing, the languages/scripts it can deal with is what I worry about.
> > VERY lonely and really miss the company of others offering software with
> > UTF-8 support.
> Speaking of which, I just went thru a book on JDK 1.1. How does one
> write UTF-8 in Java? All I can see are the DataInput- and OutputStreams.
> If I understand right, they can read/write strings in UTF-8, but assume
> a two-byte length before each. Not quite plain-text files.
> Did I miss something? In my original hacking under JDK 1.0.2, I wrote
> my own UTF-8 input and output streams because I couldn't find anything.
> I was expecting the situation to improve somewhat with JDK 1.1.
> P.S. Markus, send me a sample of one of your UTF-8 files (in German?).
> We'll see if I can read it...
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