Re: Compression through normalization

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Tue Nov 25 2003 - 14:08:39 EST

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    Here's a summary of the responses so far:

    * Philippe Verdy and and Jill Ramonsky say YES, a compressor can
    normalize, because it knows it is operating on Unicode character data
    and can take advantage of Unicode properties.

    * Peter Kirk and Mark Shoulson say NO, it can't, because all the
    compressor really knows about is the byte stream, so it must be
    preserved byte-for-byte.

    * I'm still not sure, but I'm leaning toward NO.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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