Re: Compatible Systems

From: Christian Wittern (
Date: Fri Jan 30 1998 - 05:47:26 EST

> We have a three tiered application which we would like to covert to UniCode
> in order to support a Chinese version of our application.
> 1) The Client tier would use MS Windows 95 Simplified Chinese. Which
> encoding scheme of UniCode does this Version of W95 support? UCS2 or UTF2

This version of Windows uses GBK, which is sort of "Shift-Unicode for
Han-Characters only". It is constructed by assigning the characters
not in GB 2312-80 to codepoints beginning at 8140, but shifting
around the range A1A1~FEFE, which is already used in the usual
encodings of GB 2312-80. As you might gather, it is a rather weird
encoding, but at least you can be sure that any CJK-character in
Unicode can be displayed on this system. I am pretty sure, that the
built in conversion routines will take care of this, so if you use
those, you would not have to mess around with GBK

All the best,

Christian Wittern Visit the Database of Chinese Buddhist texts
University of Goettingen at

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