What are International and Standard Builds?

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Q: I notice you have an International and Standard build, should I use standard if I am in the USA and International everywhere else?

A: No, the International and Standard builds are not to do with your location. The International build supports unicode characters so it can represent characters in non-English alphabets. The Standard build is less capable and is limited to a reduced character set.

Q: Why do you have a unicode (International) and Standard build?
A: The International version has better support for international character sets. However, Windows 98SE and ME do not support Unicode applications. So, if you run on these operating systems you MUST use the standard build.

Q: I run on Windows 98SE or ME, which version should I run?
A: The Standard version.

Q: I run on Windows 2000, XP, 2003 or later which version should I run?
A: The International version or the Standard version. The International version will have better support for international character sets.

Q: Can Standard clients connect to an International server? Can an International client talk to a Standard server?
A: Yes
Note: The Client that ships with the server install is of the same type (ie the International Client is installed in ClientSetup if you install the International server).

Q: Can I upgrade from the Standard to the International version?
A: Yes, the International version will update your configuration files to the International file format.

Q: Can I downgrade from the International to the Standard version?
A: No, the standard build cannot read the International configuration files.

Q: What is Unicode? Where can I found out more?
A: Unicode is a character representation system used by computers. All data within a modern computer is represented as a number. The character represented by a number needs to be standardised. Unicode is a system for doing this. For more information see:
http://www.unicode.org/standard/WhatIsUnicode.html

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