Re: Subject: Re: 32'nd bit & UTF-8

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Wed Jan 19 2005 - 19:28:31 CST

  • Next message: Hans Aberg: "Re: 32'nd bit & UTF-8"

    Hans Aberg wrote:

    > On 2005/01/19 23:57, Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk at wrote:

    >>UTF-16 is used inside Java, inside some databases, and inside some
    >>library APIs (e.g. Qt). I have *never* met a UTF-16-encoded standalone
    >>file, while UTF-8 is common and becomes more and more common today.

    > Whereas UTF-16 might have been used widely in some quarters up today, my
    > impression is that this is more of a legacy thing, and UTF-8 and UTF-32 will
    > eventually become the only modern formats in use. In the past, one
    > originally used 16-bits integral types because one thought Unicode would not
    > exceed 2^16 numbers. But when it is clear it does not suffice, there is no
    > point using it in new software, except for legacy. UTF-32 will be used for
    > speed, and UTF-8 for compatibility with ASCII and solving the endian issue.

    > Hans Aberg

    If you choose Save as "Unicode" in MS applications what do you get? The
    "legacy" of all that data being created today in MS Office etc on Windows
    machines is going to be around for awhile.

    - Chris

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