Re: Unicode on a website

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Sep 24 2000 - 23:40:33 EDT

Elaine Keown <> wrote:

> Is there some automatic procedure that will happen soon, where a new
> UTF-8 will come out that has all the Hebrew symbols from Unicode 2.0
> and 3.0? Does the increase in size of the Hebrew character set
> interact with UTF-8 in some negative way?

UTF-8 is just a way of expressing Unicode. Any of the 1,114,112
possible code points in Unicode, whether assigned or not, can be
expressed in UTF-8. What this means is that there is no such thing as
"a new UTF-8" that contains more characters than some previous UTF-8.

If you find Web pages that don't have these additional characters (and
you feel that they should), the problem is simply that the page was
written using an earlier version of Unicode, or that the author of the
page was unaware that the characters has been added. This has nothing
to do with any limitation of UTF-8.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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