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Re: ENCODING (Unicode)

From: "Dave Page" <dpage(at)vale-housing(dot)co(dot)uk>
To: "Reshat Sabiq" <sabiq(at)purdue(dot)edu>,<pgadmin-support(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: ENCODING (Unicode)
Date: 2003-05-20 07:08:20
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Reshat Sabiq [mailto:sabiq(at)purdue(dot)edu] 
> Sent: 20 May 2003 00:33
> To: pgadmin-support(at)postgresql(dot)org
> Subject: [pgadmin-support] ENCODING (Unicode)
> To my surprise i recently found out that there is no 
> difference in what encoding a database or even initdb has. 
> I could insert and retrieve Unicode and extended ASCII with a 
> Java program, and everything is good. However, when the 
> values are displayed by pgadmin or a cygwin shell, both 
> extended ASCII and Unicode characters are shown as a sequence 
> of 2 characters, and those don't correspond to the bits one 
> would expect to have if 2 byte-characer were split into 2 
> 1-byte  (8-bit) characters. The best explanation i could come 
> up with is that pgAdminII is not supporting Unicode 
> encodings, and the shell obviously also does not. This is not 
> surprising, because most of pre-Java, pre-.NET apps were and 
> are like that, although Windows has the notions of wchar... 
> If i'm right, i wonder if Unicode is expected to be supported 
> sometimes in the future. And in general all feedback is appreciated.


pgAdmin doesn't support Unicode as you say, primarily because Visual
Basic doesn't either (at least not to any degree of usefulness). pgAdmin
III will eventually support Unicode as it is being written in C++ with
eventual support being catered for as much as possible.

Regards, Dave.


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