encoding is natively used in the Japanese edition of Windows 9x
Letters supported are:
(halfwidth and fullwidth)
However, Latin letters with Diacritical mark
s (e.g. ä, ò) are not supported.
Shift-JIS characters are variable width; either 16 bits or 8 bits.
This differs from UTF-8
, which can have characters longer than 2 bytes.
fonts are represented in 8 bit characters. ASCII
characters directly map onto Shift-JIS, save the backslash (\
), which is used for the Japanese Yen
currency sign in Shift-JIS.
This node will display fine if displayed as Shift-JIS. Extended ASCII
for Western European languages
will look like an odd mixture of ASCII
and halfwidth Katakana
Shift-JIS doesn't display ASCII art
properly because all the backslashes become Yen signs.
Japanese characters are frequently displayed as fullwidth monospace
to fit into an invisible grid of squares. To keep consistency, fullwidth English letters were invented so English letters, too, can fit nicely into squares.
One reason for the popularity of monospace
Japanese font is due to the fact that Japanese is sometimes written vertically. In which case, it is essential that fonts have a fixed width for aesthetics
See also: Japanese Character Encoding Formats
, Please use plain text