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6. Character Set Handling

Character sets used in the early days of computing had only six, seven, or eight bits for each character: there was never a case where more than eight bits (one byte) were used to represent a single character. The limitations of this approach became more apparent as more people grappled with non-Roman character sets, where not all the characters that make up a language's character set can be represented by 2^8 choices. This chapter shows the functionality that was added to the C library to support multiple character sets.

6.1 Introduction to Extended Characters  
6.2 Overview about Character Handling Functions  
6.3 Restartable Multibyte Conversion Functions  Restartable multibyte conversion Functions.
6.4 Non-reentrant Conversion Function  
6.5 Generic Charset Conversion  

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