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   RE: [xml-dev] But is it fair? - An exploration of alphabets and ideogram

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针头, "pinhead" was the best Google translator could manage :)


>From: "William J. Kammerer" <wkammerer@novannet.com>
>To: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
>Subject: [xml-dev] But is it fair? - An exploration of alphabets and 
>Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 08:22:41 -0500
>But then is it "fair" that English requires a whopping 19 bytes to
>transmit "microencephalopathy," or even 13 bytes for the Germanic
>"pinheadedness," when there's probably an efficient ideogram or two
>(requiring only 6 to 8 bytes total) for the same concept in Chinese?
>William J. Kammerer
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Michael Kay" <mike@saxonica.com>
>To: "'William J. Kammerer'" <wkammerer@novannet.com>;
>Sent: Friday, 04 March, 2005 07:54 AM
>Subject: RE: [xml-dev] [About Unicode] Why the symbol LOGICAL NOT is
>missing from the UCS ?
> > I can't comment on the usability of any alphabet other than Latin, but
> > is it "fair" that Chinese ideograms chew up tens of thousands of code
> > points in Unicode?
>It's balanced by the unfairness that Latin letters only occupy one byte
>in UTF-8, whereas Chinese ideograms occupy three or four.
>Michael Kay
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