What Is Character Set?
This section provides a quick introduction of some basic concepts like character set, coded character set, code point, character encoding.
What Is a Character Set?
A character set is a collection of characters used in the a language, and/or
symbols used in a symbolic system. Examples of character set: numberic numbers,
alphabetical letters, and Chinese characters.
What Is a Coded Character Set?
A coded character set is a character set in which each character has an
assigned integral number. Examples of coded character set: US-ASCII, EBCDIC,
ISO-8859-1, GB2312-1980, and Unicode. Note that:
- If character set B is a super set of character set A, we say B is backward
compatible with A.
- Since we are only interested in coded character sets, so from now on I will
use the term "character set" as "coded character set".
What Is a Code Point?
A code point is an integral number assigned to a character in a coded character set.
What Is a Character Encoding
A character encoding is a map scheme between code points of a coded character
set and sequences of bytes. Note that:
- One coded character set may have many character encodings.
- One coded character set must have at least one character encoding.
Last update: 2009.
Table of Contents
About This Book
►Character Sets and Encodings
►What Is Character Set?
Commonly Used Character Sets and Encodings
ASCII Character Set and Encoding
GB2312 Character Set and Encoding
GB18030 Character Set and Encoding
JIS X0208 Character Set and Encodings
Unicode Character Set
UTF-8 (Unicode Transformation Format - 8-Bit)
UTF-16, UTF-16BE and UTF-16LE Encodings
UTF-32, UTF-32BE and UTF-32LE Encodings
Java Language and Unicode Characters
Character Encoding in Java
Character Set Encoding Maps
Encoding Conversion Programs for Encoded Text Files
Using Notepad as a Unicode Text Editor
Using Microsoft Word as a Unicode Text Editor
Using Microsoft Excel as a Unicode Text Editor
Unicode Code Point Blocks - Code Charts
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