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JIS X 0208

A 94x94 character set for Japanese.  It has the following encoding forms:

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EUC-JP

Extended Unix Code for Japanese.  An 8-bit encoding form of  JIS with the following byte ranges:

     Single-byte ASCII:  0x21-0x7E
     Double-byte JIS:    0xA1-0xFE

Test your browser by selecting Japanese (EUC) in View : Character Coding, or View : Encoding.  The text in the right column should match the GIF in the left column.  Click here if it does not.

GIF Text
Nihongo ܸ
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ISO-2022-JP

A 7-bit encoding form, the default encoding of Japanese in e-mail.  It uses the same bytes (0x21-0x7E) to encode single-byte ASCII and double-byte JIS.

Bytes are interpreted as ASCII characters unless you "escape" to JIS with the following escape sequence:

<Esc>$B

and you can return to ASCII with:

<Esc>(J

where <Esc> is the Escape byte (0x1B).

If you are using Mozilla, Netscape 6 or Opera then you can decode the text in the right column by selecting Japanese (ISO-2022-JP) in View : Character Coding, or View : Encoding.  Click here if you cannot.

GIF Text
Nihongo $BF|K\8l(J

Internet Explorer or Netscape Communicator can only display ISO-2022-JP encoded web pages if their encoding is specified in the META tagTry this page.

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Shift-JIS

Microsoft's 8-bit encoding form of  JIS with the following byte ranges:

     Single-byte ASCII:       0x21-0x7E
     Single-byte katakana:    0xA1-0xDF
     JIS first byte ranges:   0x81-0x9F and 0xE0-0xEF
     JIS second byte ranges:  0x40-0x7E and 0x80-0xFC

Test your browser by selecting Japanese (Shift-JIS) in View | Character Coding, or View | Encoding.  The text in the right column should match the GIF in the left column.  Click here if it does not.

GIF Text

Nihongo

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