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

From: Hans Aberg (
Date: Wed Jan 19 2005 - 20:02:31 CST

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    On 2005/01/20 02:28, Christopher Fynn at wrote:

    >> 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.

    > 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.

    One can do as in the C++ standard with its .h headers, decide to keep UTF-16
    for now as legacy, but indicate that it may be phased out in a later Unicode
    version. Developers then get X numbers of years to change. It will be easy
    to make new editors read the old formats but save them in the new formats.

      Hans Aberg

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