UTF8 question

From: Kenneth Whistler (kenw@sybase.com)
Date: Thu Jul 27 2000 - 15:14:19 EDT

Jeu asked:

> Is the UTF-8 encoding scheme the same irrespective of whether the
> uderlying proccessor is little endian or big endian,

The answer to this part of the question is yes. Since UTF-8 is interpreted
as a sequence of bytes, there is no endian problem as there is for
encoding forms that use 16-bit or 32-bit code units.

> or if the system uses
> ASCII or EBCDIC encoding.

This does make a difference, however. Standard UTF-8 won't survive in
an EBCDIC system, because of the different arrangements of control codes.

See the Unicode Technical Report #16 UTF-EBCDIC for the specification of
a conversion of UTF-8 that will work inside an EBCDIC system.


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