From: Jane Liu (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Nov 14 2002 - 13:30:14 EST
I think only "converter" is not sufficient. How about the following
- IME (to input CJK Ext.A characters through GB18030/Unicode code)
- X-Windows fonts support.
- iconv support
- mbtowc(), mbstowcs(), mblen()...
- and so on...
You need be able to do like what you can do on Solaris and HP "setenv
LANG zh_CN.GB18030" to enable those support.
The conveter mentioned on the Web site you fond to me is just a
--- Markus Scherer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Jane Liu wrote:
> > That may mean IBM AIX 5 support converison between GB18030 and
> > Unicode, but I don't see this is a system level of support
> > there is no locale names for GB18030 in the doc of AIX 5 :
> The GB 18030 standard requires software to be able to _read and
> write_ text in the GB18030 charset,
> and to process all of the characters that it has - or at least the
> ones that the Chinese
> certification test includes.
> The standard does _not_ require to _process_ internally in GB18030.
> It is sufficient to have a
> converter and to process in Unicode, which does contain all of the
> characters. This is because
> GB18030 is defined in terms of GB 13000=ISO 10646=Unicode (these
> are equal in terms of their coded
> character sets but Unicode adds what to do with characters).
> So if you are able to convert between GB18030 and Unicode, and you
> process in Unicode (UTF-8/16/32
> as you wish), then that's all you need. In other words, you can
> safely write your software based
> internally always on Unicode support, as is recommended for all
> languages anyway.
> Best regards,
> Opinions expressed here may not reflect my company's positions
> unless otherwise noted.
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