From: Stephane Bortzmeyer (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jun 02 2006 - 09:03:56 CDT
On Fri, Jun 02, 2006 at 01:04:50PM +0100,
Theodore H. Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
a message of 66 lines which said:
> I don't think the argument that we can waste 4x RAM and disk size is
> a good one. Why buy 4 hard disks when one will do?
Show me someone who can fill a modern hard disk with only raw text
(Unicode is just that, raw text) encoded in UTF-32. Even UTF-256 would
not do it.
> That RAM has to come from somewhere you know.
RAM is not occupied by raw text that you manipulate. It is occupied by
everything else but the text you edit. I just launched OpenOffice on a
5k characters file and it uses 130 Mbytes of memory: 26000 bytes per
character! The difference between UTF-8 and UTF-32 is simply
ridiculous, in terms of space.
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