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   Re: UTF-8 vs UTF-16...? (Was: Feeling good about SML)

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  • From: MURATA Makoto <murata.makoto@fujixerox.co.jp>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • 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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