Re: Benefits of Unicode

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Sat Feb 24 2001 - 02:15:46 EST

The list is attached. The page contains some links which would help
someone get started.

I did mean to make a couple more small changes that I haven't gotten
to yet. In particular, someone wrote me that the item:

"Standards insure interoperability and portability by prescribing
 conformant behavior."

was too buzzword intense. I thought it said what it needed to say,
but if someone can suggest a way to say it more plainly I would
appreciate it.

There are a couple other things that could be tweaked and I haven't
addressed coloring or esthetics of its presentation at all.

I'll give it a url shortly. I am changing personal web site host.
I did offer it to the consortium if they want it.

Feel free to suggest further improvements to me.
And if I haven't said it before, thanks to those of you that provided
suggestions already.

Richard Cook wrote:
> Sorry, I tuned out for a moment: is there a URL for the final version of
> Tex's tabulation of benefits?
> Also, I'd appreciate any similar links that might be used in a page of
> info for the uninitiated.
> Best,
> Richard

According to Murphy, nothing goes according to Hoyle.
Tex Texin                      Director, International Business      +1-781-280-4271 Fax:+1-781-280-4655
Progress Software Corp.        14 Oak Park, Bedford, MA 01730 #1 Embedded Database

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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, Unisys 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
Director, International Business

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