Re: Unicode FAQ addendum

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat Jul 22 2000 - 21:30:31 EDT

John G. Otto, alias "jgo" <>, wrote:

>> Addison wrote:
>> 1. 1 byte != 1 character: deal with it.
> Hmm, depends on how you define "byte".
> I've seen them in 8-bit, 12-bit, 16-bit and 18-bit varieties.

True, and there have also been 6-bit and 9-bit bytes. However, in an
age when many people are ready to consign "relics" like floppy disks,
dial-up Internet connections, and character-cell graphics to the legacy
trash heap, I think it is safe to assume that the word "byte" refers to
exactly 8 bits, and ignore all other possible values.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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