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Re: Language Setup Document

From: Alexander Malmberg
Subject: Re: Language Setup Document
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2003 22:08:39 +0200

Pete French wrote:
> > Unicode characters don't have any inherent width, and you can't strictly
> > represent something as unicode in this sense. Unicode just gives each
> > character a code point. You only get a width after encoding it, and this
> I thought the standard stated that the Base Multilingual Plane was only
> defined between 0 and 65535 (i.e. 16 bit) ? I certainly make that assumption
> in a lot of places in my code...

The basic multilingual plane consists of all characters with code points
<=65535, and those can be represented using 16 bits/character (eg. using
ucs2, which basically means storing each code point in a 16-bit short).
However, there are characters beyond the bmp.

- Alexander Malmberg

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