Definition of Unicode

From: David C. Brauer (
Date: Wed Jul 02 1997 - 22:02:32 EDT

Heh folks, not to start an online broiling of the poor guy, but here's
the definition of Unicode from The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing.



1. A subset of ISO 10646, a 16-bit character code intended to cover all
of the world's writing systems, including Roman,
Greek, Cyrillic, Chinese, hiragana, katakana, Devanagari, Easter Island
"rongo-rongo", and even Elvish.

2. Pre-FORTRAN on the IBM 1103, similar to MATH-MATIC.

[Sammet 1969, p.137].

(06 Dec 1994)

I've already sent him a good definition from:

The Unicode Worldwide Character Standard is a character coding system
designed to support the interchange, processing,
and display of the written texts of the diverse languages of the modern
world. In addition, it supports classical and historical
texts of many written languages.

In its current version (2.0), the Unicode standard contains 38,885
distinct coded characters derived from 25 supported scripts.
These characters cover the principal written languages of the Americas,
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Asia, and

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