Re: Unicode FAQ addendum

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 17:30:13 EDT

Narrowing in on it, with one amendation. UTF-8 code units are 8 bits, so we
can't say that.


Becker, Joseph wrote:

> >>| C1 says "A process shall interpret Unicode code values as 16-bit
> >>| quantities."
> DE> I think the focus here was supposed to be on the fact that Unicode code
> DE> values are *not 8-bit* quantities.
> This may be the path to an update that is pithy yet true. The original
> mantra, paraphrased in C1 and 1), was just "Globally replace 8 by 16".
> Reality later obsoleted the original design, bringing us UTF-8, surrogates,
> and UTF-32; all good things, but less pithy. Since we needn't quibble
> 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.
> Joe

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