[Ffmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Chinese AVS video decoder

Måns Rullgård mru
Sun Jul 2 18:41:08 CEST 2006

Jan Knutar <jknutar at nic.fi> writes:

> On Sunday 02 July 2006 07:47, Bobby Bingham wrote:
>> > And it's very reasonable to have such a unit be a standard type, but I
>> > still don't think it makes much sense to call it "char" when it
>> > apparently has nothing to do with character data as such.
>> >
>> But back in the day, when it was given the name "char", they seem to have  
>> only been thinking about Western European languages.  And from that view,  
>> you can fit a single character in a byte.  Though as you've noticed, that  
>> idea was rather short-sighted and shows its age now.
> There's nothing preventing char from being 16 bits though. Or 12.

9-bit char used to be commonplace once upon a time.

M?ns Rullg?rd
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