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RE: UTF-8 problem with Japanese characters

From: Eric Jarvis <webmaster@Befrienders.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 16:44:40 +0100
Message-ID: <5100A088600D3349B70A46A01419EC6201165F@SERVER.Befrienders.local>
To: <www-international@w3.org>
Firstly I should point out I don't speak or read Japanese.

However it is my understanding that although utf-8 doesn't support all
Japanese characters, the few that it doesn't support are extremely rare.
So this is highly unlikely to be a problem unless you are dealing with
historical documents.

Most Japanese web sites are encoded with shift_jis. I am told that this
is the safest encoding to use for Japanese on the web at present. Our
site is currently in utf-8 and is working fine.

Eric Jarvis

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Debmalya Biswas [SMTP:debmalya_biswas@infy.com]
> Sent:	Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:23 AM
> To:	www-international@w3.org
> Subject:	UTF-8 problem with Japanese characters
> Hi,
> Sorry to barge in your mailbox without any previous acquaintance.
> I have heard from people that UTF-8 does not support all Japanese
> characters. I was doing some research on it myself and found that
> although I was able to display an HTML page containing Japanese
> characters after setting the charset to shift-jis, the same does not
> seem to be
> working for UTF-8. I am also facing similar kind of problem in Java.
> Any pointers to this would be welcome.
> Regards,
> Debmalya Biswas
Received on Wednesday, 24 April 2002 11:47:02 UTC

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