On Sep 29, 2007, at 2:13 PM, John Joyce wrote:

> The short version is that UTF-16 is basically wasteful.

That's not always accurate:

$ iconv -f utf-8 -t utf-16 japanese_prose_in_utf8.txt >  
japanese_prose_in_utf16.txt
Firefly:~/Desktop$ wc japanese_prose_in_utf8.txt
       14      66    5921 japanese_prose_in_utf8.txt
Firefly:~/Desktop$ wc japanese_prose_in_utf16.txt
       16      45    3968 japanese_prose_in_utf16.txt

James Edward Gray II