Re: UTF-7 - is it dead?

From: Stephane Bortzmeyer (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2006 - 05:31:12 CDT

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    On Fri, Jun 02, 2006 at 09:23:30AM +0200, <> wrote
     a message of 15 lines which said:

    > UTF-32 is for sure a waste of space.

    This is a very strange argument. We use 8-bits encoding like ASCII for
    many, many years. Switching to UTF-32 would simply mean multiplying
    the size of texts by 4 at the maximum, while, in the same time, the
    hard disks are thousands of times larger!

    Expect for very specific applications (like SMS, currently discussed
    on this list), there is no reason to reject UTF-32 for size issues. If
    someone lacks room on its hard disks, it should delete pictures and
    films first :-)

    And there are good reasons, IMHO, to use UTF-32, such as the fact that
    all the characters have the same size.

    (For the record, on some programming languages like Python, you can
    use UTF-32 internally - for Python, it is a compilation option, the
    default is UTF-16.)

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