Re: Is there a UTF that allows ISO 8859-1 (latin-1)?

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 26 1998 - 13:01:06 EDT

Kenneth Whistler scripsit:

> UTF-8 implementations are generally
> driven by [inter alia]
> the cost tradeoffs of software adaptation to process 16-bit strings
> versus the processing inefficiencies of dealing with variable-width
> characters.

In addition, in some applications those processing inefficiencies are
not present, thanks to the self-segregating nature of UTF-8. For
example, the Plan 9 "fgrep" program (which searches a stream of text
for the presence of one or more of a list of strings) need never convert
to UCS format at all; the strings are UTF-8 and so is the text, and
in fact the program looks the same as the corresponding 8-bit program.

John Cowan
		e'osai ko sarji la lojban.

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