Chapter 36. Unicode
Unicode is a system intended to allow computer display of all the written languages on Earth. This is a very ambitious goal, but the Unicode Consortium (http://www.unicode.org
) has been surprisingly successful. The work on this project began in 1987 as an extension of 8-bit ASCII to allow representation of the most common European languages that use Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets.
We are now on the Unicode 5.1 standard, which is available in print and on Web sites. The standard defines the abstract idea of ...