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some writing systems (Japanese, Chinese Korean) need 16 bits (2 octets) per character
- see Chapter 40 in the HTML4 Unleashed book by Rick Darnell
Chpt 40 = Chpt 39 in the previous edition of Darnell's book
Chpt 39 (previous edition) in its entirety is available on-line
Chpt 39 was written in June of 1997. The Chpt 40 in the newer edition does not contain much additional new information.
Chpt 39 was written by Dmitry Kirsanov of Darnell's team
- check the section on 16 bit encodings
- The Unicode Consortium created the 16 bit standard in 1991 for every character from the world's major writing systems
- see www.unicode.org for the details
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