RE: Perception that Unicode is 16-bit (was: Re: Surrogate space i

From: Ayers, Mike (
Date: Fri Feb 23 2001 - 11:20:05 EST

        I advocate taking it one step farther, and referring to Unicode as
"21 bits and counting". Sure, it should be a long long time before more
space is needed, but it's a good idea to prepare the audience now. After
all, pretty much every ceiling ever established in computing has been broken
through, and there is no reason to believe that it won't happen again!


> From: Marco Cimarosti []
> There was a discussion about finding a short correction for
> the "widespread
> belief" that Unicode is 16-bit character set containing 65536
> characters.
> Now I have noticed this statement by Roman Czyborra (taken
> from the last
> paragraph of, and I
> found that it
> is one of the most compact, precise, and understandable
> explanations that I
> have seen so far:
> "Unicode [...] encodes all the world's characters in a
> 16bit space
> and a 20bit extension zone for everything that did not fit
> into the 16bit
> space."
> _ Marco

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