From: Stephane Bortzmeyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 24 2008 - 04:20:41 CST
In http://www.icann.org/topics/idn/idn-glossary.htm, one can find:
> Unicode is a commonly used single encoding scheme that provides a
> unique number for each character across a wide variety of languages
> and scripts. The Unicode standard contains tables that list the
> "code points" (unique numbers) for each local character
> identified. These tables continue to expand as more and more
> characters are digitalized.
Is it really a good idea to define Unicode as an *encoding scheme*?
(Specially since there are several official encoding schemes of
Unicode and many unofficial.)
Using http://www.unicode.org/standard/WhatIsUnicode.html may be a
better start. I suggest "Unicode is a commonly used character set
To quote the glossary in the Standard:
Character Encoding Scheme. A character encoding form plus byte serialization. There are
seven character encoding schemes in Unicode: UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-16BE, UTF-16LE,
UTF-32, UTF-32BE, and UTF-32LE.
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