RE: "Giga Character Set": Nothing but noise

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 22:48:43 EDT

Michael Everson <> wrote:

> Speed is an issue, it seems. The two third-party Mac demos that use
> the Unicode keyboards under Mac OS 9 are very slow indeed.

and "Carl W. Brown" <> responded:

> Windows NT has had this problem. However all Unicode applications
> can run at close to the same speed. It took years to get there and
> the battle will not be one until Me is replaced so that there is an
> all Unicode platform and a new crop of applications is written as
> pure Unicode applications.

But none of this proves that Unicode is inherently slower or less
efficient than any competing character encoding, only that an optimized
solution is better than an unoptimized, hybrid one.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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