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Old 02-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default How is binary delimited?

Hi guys,

My first post here, sorry if this is a completely stupid question.

I've just been reading some stuff about multi-byte characters and how say the UTF-8 character set can require as much as 6 bytes to store a single character. If that's the case though, how does the machine know where one character ends and the next starts? How are they delimited from one another?

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Default Re: How is binary delimited?

Typically speaking, they still have all 8 bits. The difference is that the first 2 bits are left as zeros.

If you feel creative, you can write a program to take in any character formatted in UTF8 and have it print out the binary but that might be over kill.
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