Re: Question about \uxxxx etc. for 21-bit code points - need advice

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 16:52:45 EDT

Marco Cimarosti wrote:

> Nice. I wish C was like that. It's certainly more practical than changing
> C and C++ standards every time a character encoding standard adds the next bit.
> ('Cause we *will* see a 32-bit character set sooner or later, won't we?)

No. There are far less than one million different characters in the world.
There is no reason why ISO 10646 should not last for centuries. If we contact
aliens, *then* we may need a 32-bit standard to handle their writing systems
as well.


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