From: Mark Davis (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 23 2004 - 10:16:48 EST
It is important to distinguish two cases: (a) which UTF one should emit in web
pages , (b) which UTF one should use for internal processing. There is a tech
note about this at http://www.unicode.org/notes/tn12/
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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "steve" <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, 2004 Feb 23 04:50
Subject: Re: unicode format
> steve scripsit:
> > Could someone please clarify the difference between UTF8 and UFT16
> > please? If it is possible to encode everything in UTF8 and it is more
> > efficient what is the need for UTF16?
> The short version is that in UTF-8, characters can occupy 1, 2, 3, or
> (very rarely) 4 bytes; in UTF-16, characters can occupy 2 or (very
> rarely) 4 bytes. Either encoding can be used with any textual content.
> UTF-8 is typically more compact than UTF-16 for English and other
> Latin-alphabet languages, slightly more compact for Greek, Cyrillic,
> Armenian, Hebrew, and Arabic alphabets, and almost 50% less compact
> for everything else.
> John Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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