Does "endian-ness" apply to UTF-8 characters that use multiple bytes?

Clive Hohberger via Unicode unicode at
Mon Feb 4 13:47:49 CST 2019

I believe it also applies to the bit order in the bytes
I believe UTF-16 and UTF-32 are transmitted as single 16 or 32-bit numbers.
UTF-8 is a stream of 8-bit numbers


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On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 1:29 PM Asmus Freytag via Unicode <
unicode at> wrote:

> On 2/4/2019 11:21 AM, Costello, Roger L. via Unicode wrote:
> Hello Unicode Experts!
> As I understand it, endian-ness applies to multi-byte words.
> Endian-ness does not apply to ASCII characters because each character is a single byte.
> Endian-ness does apply to UTF-16BE (Big-Endian), UTF-16LE (Little-Endian), UTF-32BE and UTF32-LE because each character uses multiple bytes.
> Clearly endian-ness does not apply to single-byte UTF-8 characters. But what about UTF-8 characters that use multiple bytes, such as the character é, which uses two bytes C3 and A9; does endian-ness apply? For example, if a file is in Little Endian would the character é appear in a hex editor as A9 C3 whereas if the file is in Big Endian the character é would appear in a hex editor as C3 A9?
> /Roger
> UTF-8 is a byte stream. Therefore, the order of bytes in a multiple byte
> integer does not come into it.
> A./
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