From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Tue Sep 02 2003 - 03:24:47 EDT

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    At 08:26 PM 9/1/03 -0700, Doug Ewell wrote:
    >Tex Texin <tex at i18nguy dot com> wrote:
    > > In most industry usages, MBCS refers to variable width encodings, not
    > > fixed width.
    >Well, if variable-width encodings are referred to as both DBCS (see, for
    >example, and MBCS, then what
    >term is used to describe a fixed-width encoding of more than 1 byte? Or
    >was the concept not common enough to warrant a name until Unicode?

    The most common 'pure' DBCS was encountered in mainframe environments.
    All the other platforms used 'mixed' single and double-byte or other
    variable length encodings, so that 'DBCS' could stand in for a variable
    lenght encoding with maximum length 2 without confusion (except when
    talking to mainframe people).


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