Benjamin Geer on 15 Nov 2000 14:00:59 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Asia and domain names, etc. (@)

On Wed, Nov 15, 2000 at 03:34:05AM +0900, wrote:
> The question of 'chinese' is much more complicated, and certainly
> chauvinistic. [...]  In all cases they are double-byte characters,
> and need to be encoded first to be sent over the single-byte (roman
> character) based networks of the 'wired' network world. The encoding
> systems are also diverse. (There are debates within each of these
> nations about uniform encoding, much less the kind of problems that
> show up when databasing across cultures) Of course the Japanese
> encoding methods can not be imposed upon the Koreans, PRC and ROC
> and more than the PRC's abbreviated characters can be used in
> Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

I would hope that any international solution would involve Unicode
(, which, after all, follows an international
standard, ISO 10646 (, and neatly
supports all the languages you mention.  It seems to be nearly
universally supported now on computer systems made in the West; I'd be
interested to know to what extent it's been adopted in Asia.

Benjamin Geer

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