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What is the difference between ANSI and UTF-8?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Oct 15, 2019

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K. Shadrach

K. Shadrach

Answered on Oct 10, 2019

Two examples of the most used character encoding formats are ANSI and UTF-8. ANSI is the older of the two. While both ANSI and UTF-8 can be used to achieve the same purpose, UTF was created to improve on the various limitations of ANSI. UTF can be regarded as the improved version of ANSI, and as such, it can be used for so many operations. Let's look at some of the differences. There is a clear disparity in the way characters are represented when you use both ANSI and UTF-8.

UFT-8 does not use a fixed byte to define characters; it uses flexible multibyte. ANSI, on the other hand, does not use a multibyte. It uses a fixed byte when defining the characters. On UTF-8, you have the choice to choose between 1-6 bytes for the character representation. While there is only 1 byte or 8 bits in ANSI, when building an application, it will be advisable to always go for UTF-8 because it has so many advantages over ANSI.

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L. Gibson

L. GibsonScience Professor
Science Professor

Answered on Sep 17, 2019

ANSI and UTF-8 are two types of encoding formats. ANSI is a single byte format used to encode Latin characters. It can only represent about 256 characters and it also has many versions. ANSI is not used as much as UTF-8 when there is a need to create new applications.

On the other hand, UTF-8 is a multi-byte encoding system. UTF-8 is much preferred to ANSI by many because it is more flexible than ANSI. UTF-8 can represent up to 1,112,064 characters. The multi-byte encoding system enables UTF-8 to take up made code points with the use of small memory. Hope you find this helpful.

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C. Jackson

C. JacksonContent Developer, Austin
Content Developer, Austin

Answered on Sep 11, 2019

ANSI and UTF-8 are the two-character encoding schemes which are widely used at one point in time. The chief difference is that the use of UTF-8 has all but replaced ANSI as the encoding scheme of choice. UTF-8 was developed to produce a more or less equivalent to ANSI, but without the weaknesses it had. Both UTF-8 and ANSI are derived from the basic set of characters put forth by ASCII. The first stumblingblock of ANSI is its use of fixed byte to embody characters.

In comparison, UTF 8 is more flexible as it is a multibyte encoding scheme, which depends on the needs of the user. UTF8 is exceptional in every way to ANSI. There is no reason to chose ANSI over UTF-8 in creating new applications, as all computers can decode it. UTF-8 points are standardized while ANSI has many different versions.UTF-8 can represent many of characters while ANSI is limited.

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I. Klose

I. KloseAccountant, Franklin
Accountant, Franklin

Answered on Sep 04, 2019

For those who do not know, these two are known to be encoding formats that people may use. ANSI is the common format that is used when trying to encode Latin alphabet while the UTF-8 is known as a Unicode format that is used for variable length.

This means that it can encode the different possible characters that are available. ANSI is considered to be obsolete right now so a lot of people are using UTF-8 and other potential formats. Another difference is that ANSI only uses a single byte while the UTF-8 uses multibyte. Even though UTF-8 is standardized, there are some people who sometimes miss that ANSI can come in different formats.

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