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multibyte character set (MBCS)

Multibyte Character Sets (MBCS) are character sets whose characters consist of two or more bytes

. In contrast to the MBSC character sets, there are the character sets whose characters consist of one byte, the Single

Byte Character Sets(SBCS) and the Double Byte Character

Sets(DBCS), whose characters are represented with two bytes.

MBCS character sets offer an incredible variety of encodable characters, depending on how many bytes they work with, which are mainly used for Asian characters. With a 2-byte data set, 65,536 (256 x 256) characters can be represented; with three bytes, the number of characters is already over 16 million. The multibyte character sets include different variants of the Unicode Transformation Format (UTF).

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Englisch: multibyte character set - MBCS
Updated at: 19.12.2011
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