[I18n-sig] Re: [Python-Dev] Re: [XML-SIG] Python 1.6a2 Unicode experiences?

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Fri, 28 Apr 2000 11:39:37 +0200

[Note: These discussion should all move to 18n-sig... CCing there]

Christopher Petrilli wrote:
> Paul Prescod [paul@prescod.net] wrote:
> > > Even working with exotic languages, there is always a native
> > > 8-bit encoding.
> >
> > Unicode has many encodings: Shift-JIS, Big-5, EBCDIC ... You can use
> > 8-bit encodings of Unicode if you want.
> Um, if you go:
>     JIS -> Unicode -> JIS
> you don't get the same thing out that you put in (at least this is
> what I've been told by a lot of Japanese developers), and therefore
> it's not terribly popular because of the nature of the Japanese (and
> Chinese) langauge.
> My experience with Unicode is that a lot of Western people think it's
> the answer to every problem asked, while most asian language people
> disagree vehemently.  This says the problem isn't solved yet, even if
> people wish to deny it.

Isn't this a problem of the translation rather than Unicode
itself (Andy mentioned several times that you can use the private
BMP areas to implement 1-1 round-trips) ?

Marc-Andre Lemburg
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