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big5(5)								       big5(5)

       big5 - A character encoding system (codeset) for Traditional Chinese

       The  big5  codeset  is  one of several codesets that support the Tradi‐
       tional Chinese language.	 This codeset includes the following character
       sets: ASCII Big-5

       The  big5  codeset  uses a combination of single-byte data and two-byte
       data to represent ASCII characters, symbols,  and  Chinese  ideographic

   ASCII Characters
       All  ASCII characters are represented in the form of single-byte, 7-bit
       data in the big5 codeset; that is, the most significant bit (MSB) of  a
       byte  that  represents  an ASCII character is always set off.  For more
       information, see ascii(5).

   Big-5 Character Groups
       The Big-5 character set defines the following character groups: Special
       symbols (408) Level 1 characters (5401) Level 2 characters (7652) Level
       1 user-defined space (785) Level 2 user-defined space  (2983)  Level  3
       user-defined space (2041)

   Code Values for Big-5 Characters
       Each  Big-5  character  is represented by a two-byte code that compiles
       according to the Big-5 standard. The MSB of the first  byte  is	always
       set  on while that of the second byte can be on or off. Code ranges for
       characters in the different character groups are	 as  follows:  Special
       symbols:	 A140 to A3BF Level 1 characters: A440 to C67E Level 2 charac‐
       ters: C940 to F9D5 Level 1 user-defined space: FA40  to	FEFE  Level  2
       user-defined  space:  8E40  to A0FE Level 3 user-defined space: 8140 to

	      In this space, the valid code range for the first byte is 81  to
	      FE, while that for the second byte is 40 to 7E and A1 to FE.

   Codeset Conversion
       The following codeset converter pairs are available for converting Tra‐
       ditional Chinese characters between big5 and  other  encoding  formats.
       Refer  to iconv_intro(5) for an introduction to codeset conversion. For
       more information about the other codeset for which big5 is the input or
       output,	 see   the   reference	 page  specified  in  the  list	 item.
       dechanyu_big5, big5_dechanyu

	      Converting from and to  DEC  Hanyu:  dechanyu(5)	dechanzi_big5,

	      Converting  from	and  to	 DEC  Hanzi:  dechanzi(5)  eucTW_big5,

	      Converting from and to Taiwanese Extended	 UNIX  Code:  eucTW(5)
	      sbig5_big5, big5_sbig5

	      Converting  from	and  to	 Shift	Big-5: sbig5(5) telecode_big5,

	      Converting  from	and  to	 Telecode:  telecode(5)	  UTF-16_big5,

	      Converting from and to UTF-16: Unicode(5) UCS-4_big5, big5_UCS-4

	      Converting from and to UCS-4: Unicode(5) UTF-8_big5, big5_UTF-8

	      Converting from and to UTF-8: Unicode(5)


       The big5 encoding format is identical to the encoding format used in PC
       code pages that support Traditional Chinese.  Therefore,	 you  can  use
       codeset	converters  that  convert  between  big5 and UTF-16, UCS-4, or
       UTF-8 to convert Traditional Chinese data between PC code-page and Uni‐
       code  encoding  formats.	 Refer to code_page(5) for a discussion of how
       the operating system supports PC code pages.

   Fonts for Big-5 Characters
       The operating system supports Big-5 code by internally converting char‐
       acters  to  DEC	Hanyu.	Therefore,  DEC Hanyu fonts are used for Big-5
       characters.  Both display and printer fonts are provided for DEC	 Hanyu
       and these are listed in the dechanyu(5) reference page.

       For  general  information about printer support for and codeset conver‐
       sion of Asian text, refer to i18n_printing(5).

       Commands: locale(1)

       Others: ascii(5), Chinese(5), code_page(5),  dechanyu(5),  dechanzi(5),
       eucTW(5),    GB18030(5),	  GBK(5),   i18n_intro(5),   i18n_printing(5),
       iconv_intro(5), l10n_intro(5), sbig5(5), telecode(5), Unicode(5)


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