UTF-32BE Encoding

This section provides a quick introduction of the UTF-32BE (Unicode Transformation Format - 32-bit Big Endian) encoding for Unicode character set.

UTF-32BE: A character encoding schema that maps code points of Unicode character set to a sequence of 4 bytes (32 bites). UTF-32BE stands for Unicode Transformation Format - 32-bit Big Endian.

Here is my understanding of the UTF-32BE specification. When UTF-32BE encoding is used to encode (serialize) Unicode characters into a byte stream for communication or storage, the code point of each character will be converted as a 32-bit integer into 4 bytes with the most significant byte first.

For example, these 3 Unicode characters, U+004D, U+0061 and U+10000 will be converted into 0x0000004D0000006100010000 when UTF-32BE is used.

When UTF-32BE encoding is used to decode (deserialize) a byte stream into Unicode characters, the entire stream will be divided into blocks of 4 bytes. Each block is converted to a 32-bit integer to represent a Unicode code point assuming the most significant byte first.

Note that the use of BOM (Byte Order Mark) is not part of the UTF-32BE specification. So you should:

Last update: 2009.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 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

 UTF-32 Encoding

UTF-32BE Encoding

 UTF-32LE Encoding

 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 Fonts

 Unicode Code Point Blocks - Code Charts

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version