What are the advantages of encoding text with the UTF-8 encoding of Unicode/ISO 10646 as compared to ISO Latin One (8859) and UTF-16?
Advantage with UTF-8 as compared to ISO UTF-16: Most of the US-ASCII characters are sent in the same format as in US-ASCII, which means that old software which does not understand Unicode/ISO 10646 will still understand most of the characters. Another advantage is that for text which mostly uses only ASCII character, fewer number of octets need to be transported.
Advantage with UTF-8 as compared to ISO Latin One (8859): Larger selection of character, the same character set can be used for all languages.
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