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- From: MURATA Makoto <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 19:21:44 +0900
Tim Bray writes:
>In terms of actual usability, there's effectively no difference between
>UTF-16 and UTF-8. UTF-16 seems to be an easier sell in Japan for reasons
>that I've not fully understood.
Many Japanese prefer UTF-8 to UTF-16, but I don't.
I prefer UTF-16, since XML documents in legacy encodings never parse
as UTF-16 and those in UTF-16 never parse as legacy encodings. On the
other hand, they may parse as UTF-8 and lead to corrupted outputs.
As Tim knows very well, UTF-16 has a number of problems about byte
ordering. On the other hand, UTF-8 it not free from such problems.
UTF-8 from Microsoft appears to begin with the zero-width non-breaking
space always ;-(
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