From: Michael \(michka\) Kaplan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Feb 17 2003 - 18:28:18 EST
Well, DBCS means "double byte character set" and thus it is always two
bytes. But its a theoretical definition since there are no actual DBCS
code pages -- all of the ones that exist are MBCS (multibyte character
set) since they support both one-byte and two-byte characters.
There are standards like the Chinese GB18030 which supports characters
of 1, 2, or 4 bytes -- definitely MBCS again.
But these code pages are generally owned by outside
governments/agencies, so there is no rule that they need to update
when Unicode does. With the exception of gb18030, they are really
*all* subsets of Unicode.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 2:51 PM
Subject: DBCS and Unicode 3.1
> Hello all,
> In the past, DBCS could support characters no larger than 2 bytes.
> Now that Unicode 3.1 has broken the two-byte barrier, is there a
corresponding update for DBCS?
> I've been getting most of my DBCS info from these url's:
> Erik Ostermueller
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