FW: UNICODE versus Shift-JIS

From: Magda Danish (Unicode) (v-magdad@microsoft.com)
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 12:46:23 EDT

Got this request by phone and email at the unicode home office. Could
anyone respond directly to the list and cc to ken_buis@agilent.com

Thanks. Magda.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Buis [mailto:kbuis@an.hp.com]
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2000 9:11 AM
To: info@unicode.org
Cc: ken_buis@agilent.com
Subject: UNICODE versus Shift-JIS


I'm currently researching the effort involved with localizing a medical
product to Japanese. This product is display-only, no data input is
involved. Some people are suggesting I translate the user interface
interface using the Shift-JIS character set, others support UNICODE. I'd
like to know how the characters from the two sets map to each other. For
example, would character #F123 in the Shift-JIS set be the same as
character #F123 in the UNICODE set. If not, are the characters stored in
the same order in both sets, but at different offsets within each set.
For example, the Shift-JIS set starts at offset 0x000 and their
equivalent characters start at offset 0xFF00 in the UNICODE set. If that
is true, then character #0002 in the Shift-JIS set would be the same as
character #FF02 in the UNICODE set.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Ken Buis
Agilent Technologies

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