FWD: Unicode on a website

From: Marco.Cimarosti@icl.com
Date: Fri Sep 22 2000 - 05:20:55 EDT

Hi, Santosh.

I am forwarding your questions to the Unicode List, as there are many people
there that know much more than me about web programming and databases.

What I can say, is that I don't see how Unicode could have any noticeable
impact on the performance of a web site: after all it is just a "character

The only difference will be in the number of bytes needed for the text part
of the web site: Unicode often (but not always!) requires more bytes that
other encodings.

But this should have really little influence on performance, if you consider
that plain text should be a relatively a small part of the total information
in a typical web site, which also contains pictures, Java applets, CSS,
JavaScript, HTML tags themselves, and so on.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Santosh.S.N [mailto:santoshsn@noida.hcltech.com]
> Sent: 21 Sep 2000, Thu 12.29
> To: Marco.Cimarosti@icl.com
> Subject: Unicode on a website
> Hi,
> I would like to have some information from you
> regarding the utility of
> unicode in a website.
> That is to say that I would like to know if you have a
> website that uses
> unicode, how its performance is and other such details.
> To be more precise I would like to know the performance of
> any website
> which is working on unicode.(i.e. How unicode enhances or degrades the
> performance of a website depending on the data retrieval speed etc.)
> I would be very grateful to you if you could please get back
> to me on this
> one.
> Santosh.S.N
> MTS,Priceline
> HCL Technologies
> Ph-(0118)-4516317/...324 extn.1062 (O)
> santoshsn@noida.hcltech.com

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