- JIS encoding
In computing, JIS encoding refers to several
Japanese Industrial Standards for encoding the Japanese language. Strictly speaking, the term means either:
* A set of standard character sets for Japanese, notably:
JIS X 0201, the Japanese version of ISO 646( ASCII) containing the base 7-bit ASCII characters (with some modifications) and 64 half-width katakana characters.
JIS X 0208, the most common kanjicharacter set containing 6,879 kanji
JIS X 0212, a character set containing 6,067 characters
JIS X 0213, which extends JIS X 0208
JIS X 0202(also known as ISO-2022-JP), a set of encoding mechanisms for sending JIS data over transmission mediums that only support 7-bit data.
In practice, "JIS encoding" usually refers to JIS X 0208 data encoded with JIS X 0202.
There is also the
Shift JISencoding, which adds the kanji, full-width hiragana and full-width katakana from JIS X 0208 in a compatible way to JIS X 0201. Shift JIS is perhaps the most widely used encoding in Japan, as the compatibility with the single-byte JIS X 0201 character set made it possible for electronic equipment manufacturers (such as cash register manufacturers) to offer an upgrade from older cheaper equipment that was not capable of displaying kanji to newer equipment while retaining character-set compatibility.
The main alternatives to JIS encoding are
EUC(used on UNIX systems where the JIS encodings are incompatible with POSIXstandards) and more recently Unicode, particularly in the form of UTF-8.
Japanese language and computers
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