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A modular architecture for Unicode text compression

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Unicode is now ubiquitous, with 87% of online content in the UTF -8 character encoding. Conventional compression techniques operate on individual bytes: this works well for ASCII , but poorly for UTF -8, where a character can span multiple bytes. Previous attempts at Unicode compression have invented new algorithms from scratch, with generally poor results. My approach is to extend existing data compression algorithms to operate over Unicode characters. I find this substantially improves compression effectiveness for Unicode text, with only a small overhead for ASCII and binary files.

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