RE: Unicode Operating Systems

From: Steve Bossie (
Date: Wed Jul 16 1997 - 17:33:00 EDT

Solaris 2.6 (to be released some time soon) will be Unicode based, to
the extent of allowing elements from multiple languages in the same
window. This is a hint of very strong Unicode support, ala NT, et al.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 1997 3:09 PM
> To: Multiple Recipients of
> Subject: RE: Unicode Operating Systems
> > Do You know those OS conform which coding schemes (UTF-7, UTF-8 or
> > UCS2)?
> >
> > William Mar
> Windows NT, Windows CE, NeXT OS, Metaphor OS, and Java OS all
> use UCS-2 (or technically UTF-16, to the extent they are fully
> Unicode 2.0 compliant). OS/2 and AIX Unicode support are
> UCS-2 based, though I don't know yet whether it could be claimed
> that they are Unicode OS's in the same sense that Windows NT is.
> Plan 9 (a Unix OS) uses UTF-8. Other Unix implementations also
> tend to use UTF-8. You could say they are moving towards
> "support" of UTF-8, though they are not exactly based on it.
> Many Unix system vendors are also moving towards use of UCS-4
> as a processing code.
> Any clarifications from particular vendors are welcome!
> UTF-7 is of very limited use, for data transfer in 7-bit
> limited channels. It is not intended for, and is not likely
> ever to be used for implementation of an OS.
> --Ken

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