From: Jon Hanna (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 23 2004 - 07:52:54 EST
Quoting steve <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> To create a multilingual webiste would it be best to use UFT8 encoding?
Using UTF-8 or UTF-16 would make a lot of things easier, given that they can
handle the entire repetoire of Unicode directly (without the need for escape
sequences). UTF-16 will result in smaller downloads for East Asian and Indic
languages, UTF-8 will result in the same or smaller downloads for everything
else. If you want to just go with one encoding throughout your site and you
don't have an over-whelming majority of East Asian documents then I'd recommend
go with UTF-8.
> have noticed a lot of Japanese sites use shift-jis, why is this?
Because it's a Japanese encoding; same reason a lot of English sites use ISO
8859-1 or US-ASCII.
> browsers support unicode now?
For small values of "all"; there are browsers out there that don't support
anything except ISO 8859-1 and even a few that get downright confused by
anything that isn't ASCII. Who knows, maybe there are even people using them!
In any case, browsers that don't support UTF-8 and UTF-16 are now a very small
-- Jon Hanna <http://www.hackcraft.net/> *Thought provoking quote goes here*
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