[TxMt] NEED Japanese Text Encoding! (pretty please?)
sean at datafly.net
Mon Jul 25 03:32:45 UTC 2005
>> I am almost positive it won't happen; you can use external tools
>> such as iconv or similar to convert to/from instead. The best
>> would be to use UTF-8 on those web pages of course.
> UTF-8 sucks for Japanese and Chinese texts mainly due to space
> reasons. If anything makes sense, then it is UTF-16, which Textmate
> also supports.
> Apart from that, it seems that Unicode is not actually able to
> handle 100% of Chinese (and maybe also Japanese) script. But I'm
> not a Unicode expert.
Could you explain what you mean by "space reasons"?
Also, does anyone else have any experience using UTF-8 for Japanese
web pages? It seems that none of the major Japanese sites use it
(they mostly use Shift-JIS). I tried to use it once but discovered
that Mac IE 5 rendered form elements such as pull down lists and
buttons as "mojibake" (garbage characters). Maybe there's a
workaround for that?
If anyone has success stories with Japanese UTF-8, I'd love to hear
them. I certainly don't have any personal qualms about leaving Shift-
JIS behind -- as long as I know UTF-8 is viable for commercial
Japanese web sites.
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