sorry for responding to an old thread - comment below.
Chris Pratley wrote on 2000-oct-03:
> Surrogate support was not turned on by default in Win2000 because the
> Windows team was waiting for the standard to be finalized. It was also added
> late, so to reduce the potential impact they had it off - a safe bet since
> the standard was still 1+ years from completion.
which standard? unicode 2.0 introduced surrogates in 1996. iso 10646-1 got amended with utf-16 in 1996, too.
there was nothing new in the technical issues of how to deal with utf-16 since then.
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