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Character encoding problem

Dominic Steng�rd
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Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 186
Hey JavaGurus!

What I need is a converter between Unicode characters and Big5 characters. Big5 is a stand-alone character set encoding; used in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Input should be a Unicode character (0x4e00) and output should be the equivalent character but encoded in Big5 (0xA440).

I thought this code would do this is:

But the output is still in Unicode ... not Big5?
Need your help. :-)

Dominic Steng�rd<br />Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer
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Joined: Apr 14, 2004
Posts: 10336

All Strings in Java are Unicode, there is nothing you can do to change that. However, when you output the String you can will use a character set other than Unicode if for example the file uses big5 encoding. Have a look at the contructors of

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