Re: Multibyte definition

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Mar 16 2000 - 14:49:39 EST

Jeff Moles wrote:

> Can anyone tell be a precise definition of the word "multibyte" as referred
> to in the standard C library?

A multibyte representation of text is simply any representation that does
not always represent each character with a single byte.

> What is the relationship between it and UTF-n
> encodings?

UTF-8 is a specific multibyte encoding; so is SJIS; so is EUC-KR; so are
many others.


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