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Thread poster: Carlos Moreno

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Apr 30, 2003

http://www.unicode.org/glossary/



Fundamentally, computers just deal with numbers. They store letters and other characters by assigning a number for each one. Before Unicode was invented, there were hundreds of different encoding systems for assigning these numbers. No single encoding could contain enough characters: for example, the European Union alone requires several different encodings to cover all its languages. Even for a single language like English no single encoding was adequate for all the letters, punctuation, and technical symbols in common use.



These encoding systems also conflict with one another. That is, two encodings can use the same number for two different characters, or use different numbers for the same character. Any given computer (especially servers) needs to support many different encodings; yet whenever data is passed between different encodings or platforms, that data always runs the risk of corruption.



Unicode provides a unique number for every character,

no matter what the platform,

no matter what the program,

no matter what the language.



We will be seeing this Unicode word more often in the near future. I suggest you visit this site often!


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Henry Dotterer
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For Glossary postings, there is now the GlossPost section Apr 30, 2003

Thanks, Carlos.



I am trying to get people to post glossary-type links to the new \"GlossPost\' section (accessible from the menu to the left.) Posting glossary links there will make them more easily searchable over time.


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