> First of all, does anyone know how Java encodes its chars? I'm under the
> impression that it's UCS-2.
A Java char is a 16-bit value representing a single UTF-16 code point.
> Is it possible to send all 16-bit Java chars (converted directly to bytes
> without using a character converter) over the network and have another
> program successfully convert them to Unicode?
Sure, but you may have big-endian/little-endian issues.
> Is it required that they be
> put into a UTF format for transmission?
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