Subject Re: [Firebird-Architect] UTF-8 Everywhere
Author Paul Vinkenoog
Jim Starkey wrote:

> What is the case for UTF-16?

Much more efficient than UTF-8 for East-Asian languages.

> Or, more properly, what is the case for the two different UTF-16s?

There's only one UTF-16, but because UTF-16 is made up of 2-byte words,
endianness matters. The standard allows specifying the endianness like
this: UTF-16LE / UTF-16BE. But it's still one encoding, just like a
16-bit two's complement signed integer is one encoding. Endianness has
to do with storage, not encoding. (Still a pain in the ass though, but
one that we have learned to live with.)

Paul Vinkenoog