2000.01.21 12:37 "RE: Unicode build of libtiff?", by John Aldridge
I don't know enough about Unicode to comment on Leonard's suggestion about encoding into UTF-8. Would that break a non-Unicode-aware Baseline TIFF reader?
Nope! UTF-8 encoding is the same as ASCII for all values <=255, so all Roman/Latin based language information would look and act the same. For other languages (CJK, being the big example) a non-UTF-8 savvy reader would simply display strange looking values but would be able to handle it OK.
Not so! UTF-8 is different for characters >127. Characters between 128 and 255 are encoded as two bytes, not one. A non UTF-8 reader would display plain ASCII correctly, but give complete gibberish for, e.g, French accented characters.