Re: GBK, HZ and EUC-TW

From: Tom Emerson (
Date: Mon Jan 08 2001 - 10:49:19 EST

Lars Marius Garshol writes:
> Actually, I disagree with that. It has a description, but IMHO it
> leaves much to be desired. I can't understand why people keep
> praising this book. You can get the information you need from it, but
> in my experience doing so involves a lot of flipping back and forth,
> several rereadings and some guesswork at the end.

I think Ken does a credible job with a difficult and inherently
confusing subject. I do agree with you that it requires a fair amount
of flipping around to get all the details, but it is the only source
in English for a lot of this data.

FWIW, I'm giving a tutorial at IUC18 in Hong Kong on Chinese
encodings: perhaps that will be more understandable for people.

> Hmmm. Does this mean that it is best to support the Microsoft
> extensions, or that it is best not to do so? I guess we will be
> forced to support them sooner or later, and that we might as well do
> it now to save everyone some bother.

That's up to you. Since most GBK encoded text you find will be
authored on a Simplified Chinese version of Windows, and hence in
CP936, you may just as well support it.


Tom Emerson                                          Basis Technology Corp.
Zenkaku Language Hacker                  
  "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you suck forever"

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