Benefits of Unicode (no, really!)

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Tue Jan 30 2001 - 16:20:05 EST

Here is my current version, updated with some comments from
Mark Davis.

Even though, I am past deadline, I don't mind refining this a little
further, if it will be useful to others. I am sure I will have other
uses for this.


Unicode Benefits  

Benefits of Unicode
(For more information, see
Allows for multilingual text using any or all the languages you desire. Invoice or ticketing applications can print customer information in their native languages from a single database.
Having just one way to process text reduces development and support costs, improves time-to-market, and allows for single version of source code. One version of the product can be used worldwide.
Separate releases for regional markets are eliminated.
Standards insure interoperability and portability by prescribing conformant behavior.
(Applications conforming to Unicode also conform to ISO 10646.)
Applications process text consistently and conformance is verifiable.
Text in any language can be exchanged worldwide. Eliminates errors due to incompatible code pages or missing conversion tables.
Support of Unicode by all modern technologies extends application life and broadens integration possibilities. Legacy applications supporting Unicode may take advantage of new technologies and integrate with other applications.
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 supports all modern languages, having added 25,000+ characters to the standard.

Created by Tex Texin

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