Re: Unicode FAQ addendum

From: Markus Scherer (
Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 16:31:40 EDT

Becker, Joseph wrote:
> terminology in an informal statement, I wouldn't have a problem with the
> simple update:
> 1) Unicode code units are not 8 bits long; deal with it.

how about:
1) Unicode code units are not necessarily 8 bits long [wide], code points use 21 bits; deal with it.

rationale: utf-8 uses 8-bit code units. sometimes, data structures need to be designed for code points rather than code units, and that width is more important then.


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