Re: Encoding for Fun (was Line Separator)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Oct 22 2003 - 09:32:00 CST

Jill Ramonsky scripsit:

> The only invented encoding which got any real use was the following
> (currently nameless) one:

I believe the name "UTF-4" is currently unclaimed. :-) I like this idea.

> Another interesting feature: starting from a random point in a string,
> it is easy to scan backwards or forwards to find the start-byte or
> end-byte of a character. This is valuable, as it means that you don't
> have to parse a string from the beginning in order not to get lost.

UTF-8 has this property too. This protocol lacks, however, the binary
sorting property that UTF-8 has.

John Cowan
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on
the shoulders of giants."
        --Isaac Newton

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