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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: How does arch/tla handle encodings?

From: Marcus Sundman
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: How does arch/tla handle encodings?
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 23:52:30 +0300
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On Saturday 28 August 2004 22:24, Tom Lord wrote:
> > From: Marcus Sundman <address@hidden>
> >
> > That said, I agree that UTF-8 is much better than UTF-16 in most
> > cases,
> Doesn't that depend on what (human) languages you are using most?

Indeed it does. And also what tools you use. On the one hand most Chinese 
characters are 2 bytes in UTF-16 while 3 in UTF-8, but on the other hand 
UTF-16 contains null bytes. And then it also depends on the access 
patterns. If you always want sequential access then UTF-8 might be OK, but 
if you often want to jump to specific locations then UTF-8 sucks big time.

> Does one particular human language, by definition, cover "most cases"?

I think Lojban would be a good candidate for such a nomination. ;-)

- Marcus Sundman

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