From: Kannan Goundan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jun 03 2010 - 00:07:26 CDT
On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 21:43, Doug Ewell <email@example.com> wrote:
>> If you want a really fast alternate encoding, you could encode all of
>> Unicode in at most 3 bytes. Use the high bit as a "continuation" bit and
>> the lower 7 bits as the data.
>> ASCII gets passed through unchanged.
> This is essentially what I was going to suggest to Kannan, since avoidance
> of ASCII bytes, nulls, etc. is not relevant to his use case. The conversion
> is lightning-fast; it can be optimized to be even faster than UTF-8.
This is currently what I do (I was referring to this as the "compact
UTF-8-like encoding"). The one difference is that I put all the
marker bits in the first byte (instead of in the high bit of every
110xxxxx xxyyyyyy yzzzzzzz
This is essentially how I encode integers as well.
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