Re: Benefits of Unicode

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Sun Jan 28 2001 - 16:08:20 EST

thanks Mike.

I was thinking that the description of the relationship between
10646 and Unicode could be dealt with outside the benefits sidebar.

I put it in the example here so the point isn't lost.
If this table is used alongside text that covers the point it
can easily be omitted.

I want the table to be succint since it is easier for people
to digest, and the points have more impact, but also I am afraid
that once I give it to an editor, if they need to reduce it
they might make reductions without my ability to influence the

anyway, here is how it looks now.

J M Sykes wrote:
> But, as I said, leaving out an assertion someone just might quibble with
> saves the chore of trying to word a perfectly innocent statement more
> diplomatically, e.g. "anything that conforms to the Unicode standard ipso
> facto conforms to ISO/IEC 10646".
> Mike

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 and portability by prescribing conformant behavior. Applications process text consistently and conformance is verifiable. Note that pplications conforming to Unicode, also conform to ISO 10646.
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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