I was asked to produce a list of the benefits of Unicode to be used
as a sidebar with an article referencing Unicode.
Ideally, it would be a brief set of bullets for an audience that
doesn't know a lot about internationalization. The bullets shouldnt
be too detailed or technical.
I came up with the attached table. I think with some minor amendments
I can drop the left column now and just use the benefits with examples.
I have until Monday morning to turn it in, so I thought I'd ask
for some review.
Anything missing? Any constructive suggestions, gratefully appreciated.
|All the characters of all the languages you might ever need||Multi-lingual documents: use any or all the languages you want||Invoice or ticketing applications can print native language names|
|Defines one set of algorithms for processing text||Reduced development and support costs and reduced time-to-market, with one version of source code that works world-wide||Sales to multiple countries the day of initial release|
|An ISO standard||Standards insure interoperability||Any applications reading the same text file will interpret it correctly|
|Accepted globally||Worldwide deployment capability||Text sent from any part of the world to any other part|
|Supported by most, if not all modern technologies||Ease of integration||Applications can exchange text without conversion loss or errors|
|Web standards are based on it||Internet-readiness||XML, the format for structured documents and data on the Web is
|Undergoes continuous development||Evolution extends application lifetime and expands capabilities to meet future needs||Unicode Version 3.0 added 25,000+ characters and new technical
specifications that improved, for
example, Middle Eastern language support.
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