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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character s

From: Earl Hood
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character set
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:51:14 -0500
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On 8/11/2015 11:28 AM, Ken Hornstein wrote:

AFAICT ... there is probably no advantage in using UTF-16 or UTF-32
versus UTF-8.

They actually bring in disadvantages.

Using UTF-16 or 32 may be desirable in some locales where their language
characters are presented by larger value codepoints, so something in
UTF-16 may actually take up less space than UTF-8.  The size saving is
only in specific locales.  For the Latin-based locales, UTF-16 will
actually take up more space than UTF-8.

So given that, I think sticking with UTF-8 is preferrable; it has the
nice property that we can represent text as C strings and it's just
ASCII if you're living in a 7-bit world.



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