From: D. Starner (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Dec 05 2004 - 03:18:11 CST
"Tim Finney" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> This would reduce the
> bandwidth necessary to send text.
Would it really? Ignoring all the other details (being limited
to English, for one), would words that might take up to six bytes
in UTF-8 really compete with the normal encoding, with most words
taking less than that? And that's for uncompressed text; if space
was really such a concern, you'd be compressing the text, so you
need to compare bzip2 or gzip or whatever the new compression is
on UTF-8 to this encoding, which would even it up quite a bit, if
past results mean anything.
Storing a table of several million words to convert text from the keyboard
to this encoding is going to be eating up a lot of space, and many
places where smaller text sizes would be important wouldn't want to
include 8 MB of data and a CPU powerful to quickly compress and decompress
from this format.
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