In addition to storing all data in the Unicode character set
, VIRTUA supports direct input, indexing, and display of characters in Unicode from a single, standard workstation.
ASCII's limitations even complicate life for programmers, who are forced to use multiple characters to represent such common mathematical operators as "greater than," "less than," or "greater than or equal to." Once again, the problem can be traced back to the limited character set
that ASCII can represent.
Version 3.0 enhancements include double byte character set
support for Asian business environments; enhanced HTML output; TIFF output for fax delivery and archival and retrieval systems; an interface to IBM's WebSphere MQ middleware; and multiple-up support.
Other features include easy selection of the language, timezone and character set
and online documentation in all eight languages.
Incorporating the new character set
presented a number of challenges besides the obvious one--the right to left flow of sentences.
Chapter 4 provides an excellent overview of the PC character set
. The coverage is both clear and complete.
Additionally, The Information Navigator now has the capability to support multiple character sets
simultaneously through MuCh (Multiple Character Set
Text files contain the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) character set
consisting of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and some punctuation marks.
The beta version of SQL Server Driver for JDBC now includes support for sql_variant data types and XA transactions as well as containing the foundation for Unicode and double-byte character set
. It is available from http://www.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/.
Many monitors, including my 640 x 350 EGA, can display only about one-third of the 1,500 characters in the character set
. Instead of a character, it displays either a small square or a plain English character which stands for a special character.
Version 2.1 has also been enhanced with support for over 20 different languages and dialects, searching of e-mail archives with local language on-screen assistance and international character set
searching, including Japanese.