how can i use ISO-8859-1??
rsmith at xs4all.nl
Wed Sep 10 06:22:02 UTC 2008
On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 04:08:40PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 12:39:41AM +0200, Roland Smith wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 03:16:08PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> > > > Because it is a hiddeous waste for most readers and writers of
> > > > English and other European languages.
> > > I also argured that utf-8 was a waste of a whole byte per char
> > > for most of us.
> > That's not true. UTF-8 is a variable-length encoding. It is backwards
> > compatible with ASCII, i.e. ascii characters are one byte in UTF-8 as
> > well. Are you thinking about UTF-16?
> I don't know. (Mark Twain.) Back in the late 1990's I was
> assigned the project of converting all the utilities I had ported
> to three European languages. Until now I had no idea there was
> anything *but* utf-16, i.e. 2-bytes/char.
Both UTF-8 and UTF-16 are variable-width encodings.
> With memory seriously getting to be dirt-cheap, "wasting 8-bits
> doesn't seem that big a deal.
> Maybe some future wizard will
> invent a UTF-32 that will hold all ~90 000 Chinese characters and
> these will be downsized automatically to UTF-8 when you're mixing
> Mandarin with, say, Cesk [Czeck].
UTF-32 already exists, but it's a fixed-width (4 bytes) encoding.
> Hmm, somebody just told me that "aigu" is not English but French
> and means "acute". ...all these years i thought ... oh well.
> Anyway, do you know if '\0351' is a 16-bit character? is is 0xE9
> and decimal 233 and certaing should fit into a byte. just
Obviously it is a 8-bit character; anything in the range 0-255 is. In
ISO 8859-1(5) it is "é" (e with accent aigu).
Please look up UTF-8,16,32 and ISO-8859-15 on Wikipedia for further
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