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BIG5(5)			  FreeBSD File Formats Manual		       BIG5(5)

NAME
     big5 -- "Big Five"	encoding for Traditional Chinese text

SYNOPSIS
     ENCODING "BIG5"

DESCRIPTION
     "Big Five"	is a standard for encoding Traditional Chinese text.  Each
     character is represented by either	one or two bytes.  Characters from the
     ASCII character set are represented as single bytes in the	range 0x00 -
     0x7F.  Traditional	Chinese	characters are represented by two bytes: the
     first in the range	0xA1 - 0xFE, the second	in the range 0x40 - 0xFE.

SEE ALSO
     euc(5), gb18030(5), utf8(5)

BUGS
     The range of the second byte overlaps some	ASCII characters, including
     0x5C (`\')	and 0x7C (`|') which may cause problems	in program execution
     or	display.  Big5 is considered a legacy standard and only	preserved for
     backward compatibility reason.  New documents and systems are suggested
     using UTF-8 directly.

FreeBSD	13.0			 April 1, 2020			  FreeBSD 13.0

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