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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: 04 Jan 2000 09:02:28 -0500

roddey@us.ibm.com writes:

> If anything, it should go the other way. Unicode should be the core
> API, and there should be helper API to allow the use of local code
> page chars where necessary. Everything should be set up to optimize
> use of the Unicode API, with local code page use paying the price,
> since Unicode is the more desireable format.

No one's disagreeing with the use of Unicode; we're talking about
which character encoding we'll use to represent it.  You can represent
Unicode in variable-width 8-bit or 16-bit encodings or in fixed-width
32-bit encodings.

Note that Java uses UTF-16, which isn't quite fixed-width, though no
one really notices.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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