Questionable definition of Unicode

From: Stephane Bortzmeyer (
Date: Thu Jan 24 2008 - 04:20:41 CST

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    In, one can find:

    > Unicode

    > 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 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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