From: Asmus Freytag (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 02 2003 - 03:24:47 EDT
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, http://czyborra.com/charsets/cjk.html#dbcs) 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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