From: Markus Scherer (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 17 2003 - 19:07:12 EST
Michael (michka) Kaplan wrote:
> 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.
More or less. There are systems that use pure DBCS, for example in databases, to get a fixed-width
encoding. Usually those DBCS codepages are the double-byte portions of some MBCS codepages though.
> There are standards like the Chinese GB18030 which supports characters
> of 1, 2, or 4 bytes -- definitely MBCS again.
Other examples: There are EUC-JP (1/2/3 bytes per character) and EUC-CN (1/2/4 BpC) which are quite
"old" (much older than GB 18030).
> But these code pages are generally owned by outside
> governments/agencies, so there is no rule that they need to update
> when Unicode does.
Right. No one codepage _has_ to be upgraded just because another one is.
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