Subject: Re: wscons ioctl's
To: Bang Jun-Young <>
From: Noriyuki Soda <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/06/2002 23:57:19
>>>>> On Wed, 6 Feb 2002 23:31:05 +0900, Bang Jun-Young <> said:

>> > > 	u_int16_t character;			/* character */
>> Pardon my ignorance, you will know better: is u_int16_t realy enough here?
>> I haven't followed all the multibyte encoding discussions lately, but ISTR
>> there have been strong objections against "only" using UNICODE.
>> While there are multiple ways a character can be encoded when getting on the
>> screen, this interface defines only one way to get it back (and can not do
>> variable length encodings) - so the returned value should be unique.

> What does "variable length encodings" mean here? 

UTF-16 requires 20bits for one character, and ISO-10646 requires
31bits. So, 16bits is not enough even for unicode...