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Re: Why does iconv choose Private Use Area? (big5->katakana)



Kenichi Handa <handa@m17n.org> writes:

> In article <87ws8s4kdp.fsf@jidanni.org>, jidanni@jidanni.org writes:
>
>> Why does iconv choose Private Use Area
>> $ echo =C7=CD=C7=B9=C7=AF=C7=EF|
>> perl -MMIME::QuotedPrint -wne 'print decode_qp($_)'|
>> iconv -f big5 -t utf8|uni2ascii -wq
>> 0xF77A 0xF766 0xF75C 0xF79C
>> over U+30D1 KATAKANA LETTER PA, etc.?
>
> It seems that those characters are hkscs extension to big5.
>
> Try '-f big5-hkscs' instead of '-f big5'.  Then you should
> get this:
>
> 0x30D1 0x30BD 0x30B3 0x30F3 

OK. Should I report a bug against iconv, that -f big5 should be at least
mapping to the same place as -f big5-hkscs or instead it should raise an
error about invalid input?

I don't know why that second katakana area in needed in Unicode Private
Use Area.


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