Re: Japanese Windows Code Page?

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Mon Feb 07 2000 - 16:34:17 EST


       As far as encoding goes (not considering input or complex
       rendering issues), Word 97 uses Unicode. That is the encoding
       it uses in its internal memory representation, regardless of OS
       it is running on. Ditto for later versions. The encoding form
       it uses is UCS-2; the next version of Word will support UTF-16.
       It can also input and output UTF-8.


       From: <> AT Internet on 02/07/2000
             01:59 PM

       Received on: 02/07/2000

       To: Peter Constable/IntlAdmin/WCT, <> AT
       Subject: Japanese Windows Code Page?

       In Windows we have a dichotomy between OEM (DOS) code pages
       (like CP850) and Windows Code Pages (like CP1252). They mostly
       come in pairs:

         CP866 and CP1251
         CP852 and CP1250

       etc. What about Japanese? CP982 is "Shift JIS". Is there a
       corresponding Windows Code Page for Shift JIS? No, right?

       Also, I have heard it said that certain Microsoft applications
       support Unicode to some degree. Looking at just Word, WordPad,
       and NotePad, I can see that each of them supports Windows Code
       pages (e.g. 1252). If they also support Unicode (and I presume
       this would be in UCS-2 or UTF-16 form and not UTF-8), how is
       this done? Is it possible only in Windows NT/2000 and not in
       95/98/ME? Or, for Word, does it go by Word version, rather
       than OS? For example, I don't see anything about
       Unicode in Word 97. And yet it seems I can paste Unicode text
       a Browser Window into Word 97 and much of it remains legible
       (Latin-1, Latin-2, Cyrillic, Turkish, Greek, Hebrew,
       Vietnamese). But if I paste the same text into WordPad, all
       the non-ASCII characters are shown as (random) CP1252 glyphs.


       - Frank

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