RE: Wide Characters in Windows and UTF16

From: Rick Cameron (
Date: Wed Aug 11 2004 - 13:14:34 CDT

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    Microsoft Windows uses little-endian byte order on all platforms. Thus, on
    Windows UTF-16 code units are stored in little-endian byte order in memory.

    I believe that some linux systems are big-endian and some little-endian. I
    think linux follows the standard byte order of the CPU. Presumably UTF-16
    would be big-endian or little-endian accordingly.

    - rick

    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Murray Sargent
    Sent: August 11, 2004 9:59
    To: Abhishek Agrawal
    Subject: RE: Wide Characters in Windows and UTF16

    Wide characters in Windows 2K and XP are used for UTF-16 for most programs
    that I know of including the Microsoft Office suite and OS programs such as
    NotePad and WordPad. Windows 9x has limited Unicode support, but many
    programs do use wide characters for UTF-16 on Windows 9x as well.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Abhishek Agrawal
    Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 2:08 AM
    Subject: Wide Characters in Windows and UTF16


    I am new member of this mailing list. I have browse the web extensivly to
    find out if "Wide characters in Windows(9x, 2k, XP) is subset of
    UTF16 in Linux without difference in endianness".

    I have tried almost 100 sites till now on this topic out which best one is

    Thanking you in advance for your help.


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