Re: Unicode vs The Rest Of The World (Again) (was Re: Re: Le tilde a-t-il été utilisé en français?)
|From:||Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 1, 2004, 4:42|
Paul Bennett wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Apr 2004 17:38:02 -0700, Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
>> Paul Bennett wrote:
>>> It's only a small subset of Unicode that gets mangled, rather than every
>>> character (we've seen it on the Georgian alphabet, notably), at least
>>> UTF-8. UTF-8 is not merely raw Unicode, but rather a set of multi-byte
>>> codes, only some of which lie within the deadly 128-150 range.
>> Ah, so it's only the Unicode characters that contain bytes matching
>> ASCII control characters with the 8th bit set that get mangled. Okay.
> Not Unicode characters. UTF-8 strings, which are not the same thing. A
> UTF-8 string can be one or more bytes long (bytes which are kinda supposed
> to be "safe" bytes to pass), and resolves mathematically to a single
> Unicode character. See my example below.
I was using "character" to mean a sequence of bytes corresponding to an
abstract Unicode character. I do understand how Unicode works.
>>> Should anyone post in pure UTF-16, I imagine the problem might manifest
>>> itself more often, especially if they use the right (or wrong?) Unicode
>> Yeah, UTF-16 interpreted as ASCII would be chock-full of nulls.
> Nulls that any sensible software[*] would simply either skip or print as a
> non-spacing space.
*Really* sensible software wouldn't be treating UTF-16 as ASCII. :P But