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From "Earwin Burrfoot (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1799) Unicode compression
Date Wed, 18 Nov 2009 19:12:39 GMT


Earwin Burrfoot commented on LUCENE-1799:

bq. as far as the encoding itself, BOCU-1 is available in the ICU library
ICU's API requires to use ByteBuffer and CharBuffer for input/output. And even if I missed
some nice method, encoder/decoder operates internally on said buffers. Thus, a wrap/unwrap
for each String is inevitable.

> Unicode compression
> -------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1799
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Store
>    Affects Versions: 2.4.1
>            Reporter: DM Smith
>            Priority: Minor
> In lucene-1793, there is the off-topic suggestion to provide compression of Unicode data.
The motivation was a custom encoding in a Russian analyzer. The original supposition was that
it provided a more compact index.
> This led to the comment that a different or compressed encoding would be a generally
useful feature. 
> BOCU-1 was suggested as a possibility. This is a patented algorithm by IBM with an implementation
in ICU. If Lucene provide it's own implementation a freely avIlable, royalty-free license
would need to be obtained.
> SCSU is another Unicode compression algorithm that could be used. 
> An advantage of these methods is that they work on the whole of Unicode. If that is not
needed an encoding such as iso8859-1 (or whatever covers the input) could be used.    

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