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LDAP Implementation Cookbook by Permana Widhiasta, Harri Stranden, Michel Melot, Heinz Johner

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4.3. UTF-8 Support

The LDAP V3 protocol defines that string values use UTF-8 (see Figure 20. below). As the name implies, UTF-8 (UCS Transformation Format) is a transformation of Unicode characters into a byte representation that takes up from one to eight bytes per character. As such, UTF-8 gives a clearly defined conversion to and from Unicode while, on the other hand, maintaining compatibility with most existing character encoding, such as ASCII.

Figure 20. Data passes in UTF-8 character set

Passing data in UTF-8 simplifies and standardizes the handling of national language characters in the protocol and on the server. The client libraries ...

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