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Re: Chinese characters support

From: Lee Sau Dan
Subject: Re: Chinese characters support
Date: 15 May 2003 10:07:01 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/20.7

>>>>> "Charles" == Charles Muller <address@hidden> writes:

    Charles> Lee Sau Dan wrote:
    >> And for XML in Chinese, utf-8 wastes lots of space.  To be
    >> practical, we often use big5 for XML files with Chinese.

    Charles> That's fine, if all you are doing is Chinese. The
    Charles> documents in my project include terms from over 15
    Charles> languages, including Tibetan, Nepalese, Sanskrit, Pali,
    Charles> and several European languages. Unicode has codepoints
    Charles> for these characters, while Big5 (and other Chinese
    Charles> codesets) do not.

The  emacs-mule encoding also  has code  points for  these characters.
Moreover, it can distinguish  big5 characters from JIS characters (see
the  "Difference among  chinese  characters in  GB,  JIS, KSC,  BIG5:"
section in  the HELLO file.),  while Unicode (and hence  utf-7, utf-8,
utf-16, ucs2, ucs4) cannot.

Lee Sau Dan                     李守敦(Big5)                    address@hidden(HZ) 

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