C multibyte character encoding

Irwin Naumann <irwin@Thinkage.On.CA>
Thu, 7 Apr 1994 20:26:27 GMT

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From: Irwin Naumann <irwin@Thinkage.On.CA>
Keywords: C, i18n, question, comment
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 20:26:27 GMT

My current task is to implement the wide character and multibyte character
routines (mblen, mbstowcs, mbtowc, wcstomcs, and wctomb) for our C runtime

We have the Unicode documents that describe one method for wide character
encoding. I cannot find any literature on multibyte character encoding.

I have a few questions regarding multibyte (mb) encoding. Does each
software development company have its own multibyte character encoding ?

Is a specific company's multibyte character encoding proprietary or
covered by copyright ?

Are public domain versions of multibyte character encoding available ?

[My impression is that the most common multi-byte encoding is the shifted
character sets used in the European ISO (ASCII-like) character codes. -John]

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