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Author Topic: Not Unicode?  (Read 1773 times)

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Not Unicode?
« on: April 28, 2012, 12:03:10 AM »
Is there ever any compelling reason to not use Unicode?

Like, why would anyone ever use a local language encoding?

Perhaps on extremely small controller chips, like 8-bit or 4-bit procs, you may be pressed for space, but in the normal world of computing... any reasons?
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Re: Not Unicode?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 02:45:24 AM »
Is there ever any compelling reason to not use Unicode?
1) When using a compiler/runtime lib that doesn't (natively) support unicode... (ex. Delphi / BCB < 2009)

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Re: Not Unicode?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 02:37:25 PM »
See also this thread. I had asked the same thing not long ago, as you probably know.
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Re: Not Unicode?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 07:20:46 PM »
I remember that thread. Slightly different question here, but close.

I suppose that if the tools you have don't support it... then... ummm... yeah, why not retool? :D (That's not really practical for a lot of people.)

It just seems like it's been so long that by now things should work properly. :(
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Re: Not Unicode?
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 06:00:58 AM »
A related question that popped up recently (but has been lingering around for a while), is if a Unicode-capable program, should also support rtl-languages like Chinese, Japanese, Arabic etc., now that these character-sets are supported?

Writing software that is available, and could be used, globally, I might have to educate myself in these features and languages, just to 'support' the roughly 1/3 part of the world that uses their language that way...