RE: MS Excel, lotus123 & Unicode

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 20:24:12 EDT

A slight clarification. Excel97 and later use Unicode to store *all* the
text, but runs of text <=00FF are often stored as tagged ranges of LSBs
which are expanded to full Unicode values when opened. This makes
spreadsheets that are typically full of alphanumeric text much smaller when
saved. Word97 and later does a similar thing with such text.
Chris Pratley
Group Program Manager
Microsoft Word
-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2000 10:40 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Re: MS Excel, lotus123 & Unicode wrote:
> I would like to know the microsoft excel and lotus 123 file
> formats which support unicode.

Excel: Excel 97 and later files that contain characters > U+00FF and/or rich
1-2-3: None - .WK1 files are LICS; .WK3 and .123 files are LMBCS.


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