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RE: Oracle with Unicode

From: Olin Lagon <olin@worldpoint.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 14:06:23 -1000
To: "Yaxin Yu" <yyu@hibbertco.com>, "Suzanne Topping" <stopping@rochester.rr.com>
Cc: "Unicode List" <unicode@unicode.org>, "www" <www-international@w3.org>, "i18n" <i18n-prog@acoin.com>, "nelocsig" <nelocsig@egroups.com>
Message-ID: <001401bf57d9$de2bdec0$0c00010a@mobile6.worldpoint.com>
Hi Yaxin,

We work extensively with Chinese. Our eCommerce application
(http://www.123Transalte.com/) has both Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
All of the content is stored in Unicode with no problems, *BUT* we don't
push Unicode to the browsers. We convert in real time to Big5 for
Traditional Chinese and GB2312 for Simplified Chinese. We did have an Oracle
database behind this site, but swapped it out for another product. We had no
problems with either data stores.

Unicode will handle all of your language needs just fine on your Oracle
backend, but I don't think you want to send Unicode to the browsers. In the
above application, we have 18 languages all stored and managed in Unicode,
but converted to native encodings when pushed out as HTML. If you take input
from Web pages and store then into your database, you are likely going to
have to convert it from native (coming from user's input) to Unicode for

Hope this helps.

Regards, Olin

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> Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 12:54 PM
> To: Suzanne Topping
> Cc: Unicode List; www; i18n; nelocsig
> Subject: Oracle with Unicode
> Has anyone out there ever build  a multilingual web page display Unicode
> which stored in Oracle database? I am curious to know how well Unicode
> worked with Oracle and how well Unicode represent Asian Languages in
> particular Chinese.
> Thanks in advance.
> Yaxin.
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