Benefits of Unicode w/2columns

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Sat Jan 27 2001 - 19:20:15 EST

Thanks for several private e-mails. I think the list is coming
along nicely. Apologies to those who offered suggestions I didn't take.
I do want to keep the list high-level and not too detailed. Some that
I didn't take were implied by the comments here. Also, I don't intend
to mention every product, technology or vendor.

Here's the current version.
With thanks,

Unicode Benefits  

Benefits of Unicode
Allows for multilingual documents using any or all the languages you desire. Invoice or ticketing applications can print native language names.
One set of algorithms for processing text reduces development and support costs, improves time-to-market, and allows for single version of source code. Applications can be marketed globally the day of initial release.
ISO Standards insure interoperability. Any applications reading the same text file will interpret it correctly.
Worldwide deployment capability. Text can be sent from any part of the world to any other part.
Support by most, if not all, modern technologies allows easy integration. Applications can exchange text without conversion loss or errors.
Widespread industry support provides platform and vendor independence. Microsoft, HP, IBM, Sun operating systems,
Oracle, Microsoft, Progress databases,
and many others support Unicode. See
Practical and apolitical design due to the diverse, international, industry and academic membership of the Unicode Consortium. Members include computer corporations, software producers, database vendors, research institutions, international agencies, user groups, and linguistic specialists. See
Easy conversion from legacy code pages. Unicode's comprehensive character set is a superset of existing code pages. Numerous cross mapping tables provided at:
Internet-ready for use in E-business. Internet standards, such as XML, Perl, Java and JavaScript are Unicode-based
Continuous 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.

Created by Tex Texin

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