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This PDF file is an excerpt from The Unicode Standard, Version , issued by the tion, however the PDF files have not been modified to reflect the corrections. Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and .. of the standard, including the core specification, standard annexes and code charts, is freely available in PDF format on the Unicode website. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Aug 1, , Mark Needleman and others published The Unicode Standard.
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It makes the assumption that the Tai Don and Jinping scripts will be unified with the Tai Viet script, and seeks to make a determination of what Tai Don or Jinping characters need to be added to the Tai Viet character repertoire in order to write those languages. Description of the Tai languages and writing system; reasons for choosing the proposed character set and comments on selected characters; plus proposed character set and writing samples. For review and feedback — Please respond to the e-mail address provided in the document.
The following documents contain the same content as the one above, but are broken into smaller files for the benefit of those with low-speed connections. Description of the Tai languages and writing system; reasons for choosing the proposed character set and comments on selected characters; for review and feedback — Please respond to the e-mail address provided in the document.
Revised version of discussion paper for review by ISO stakeholders. Unicode includes a mechanism for modifying character shape that greatly extends the supported glyph repertoire.
This covers the use of combining diacritical marks. They are inserted after the main character. Multiple combining diacritics may be stacked over the same character. These make conversion to and from legacy encodings simpler, and allow applications to use Unicode as an internal text format without having to implement combining characters.
Thus, in many cases, users have multiple ways of encoding the same character. To deal with this, Unicode provides the mechanism of canonical equivalence. An example of this arises with Hangul , the Korean alphabet.
Unicode provides a mechanism for composing Hangul syllables with their individual subcomponents, known as Hangul Jamo. However, it also provides 11, combinations of precomposed syllables made from the most common jamo. The CJK characters currently have codes only for their precomposed form. Still, most of those characters comprise simpler elements called radicals , so in principle Unicode could have decomposed them as it did with Hangul.
This would have greatly reduced the number of required code points, while allowing the display of virtually every conceivable character which might do away with some of the problems caused by Han unification.
A similar idea is used by some input methods , such as Cangjie and Wubi. However, attempts to do this for character encoding have stumbled over the fact that Chinese characters do not decompose as simply or as regularly as Hangul does.
A set of radicals was provided in Unicode 3. This process is different from a formal encoding of an ideograph. There is no canonical description of unencoded ideographs; there is no semantic assigned to described ideographs; there is no equivalence defined for described ideographs.
Many scripts, including Arabic and Devanagari , have special orthographic rules that require certain combinations of letterforms to be combined into special ligature forms.
Instructions are also embedded in fonts to tell the operating system how to properly output different character sequences. A simple solution to the placement of combining marks or diacritics is assigning the marks a width of zero and placing the glyph itself to the left or right of the left sidebearing depending on the direction of the script they are intended to be used with. A mark handled this way will appear over whatever character precedes it, but will not adjust its position relative to the width or height of the base glyph; it may be visually awkward and it may overlap some glyphs.
Real stacking is impossible, but can be approximated in limited cases for example, Thai top-combining vowels and tone marks can just be at different heights to start with.
Generally this approach is only effective in monospaced fonts, but may be used as a fallback rendering method when more complex methods fail.
Several subsets of Unicode are standardized: Microsoft Windows since Windows NT 4. Other standardized subsets of Unicode include the Multilingual European Subsets: Some systems have made attempts to provide more information about such characters.
Apple's Last Resort font will display a substitute glyph indicating the Unicode range of the character, and the SIL International 's Unicode Fallback font will display a box showing the hexadecimal scalar value of the character. Online tools for finding the code point for a known character include Unicode Lookup  by Jonathan Hedley and Shapecatcher  by Benjamin Milde. In Unicode Lookup, one enters a search key e. In Shapecatcher, based on Shape context , one draws the character in a box and a list of characters approximating the drawing, with their code points, is returned.
Unicode has become the dominant scheme for internal processing and storage of text. Although a great deal of text is still stored in legacy encodings, Unicode is used almost exclusively for building new information processing systems. Early adopters tended to use UCS-2 the fixed-width two-byte precursor to UTF and later moved to UTF the variable-width current standard , as this was the least disruptive way to add support for non-BMP characters.
The Java and. Unicode is available on Windows 9x through Microsoft Layer for Unicode. UTF-8 originally developed for Plan 9  has become the main storage encoding on most Unix-like operating systems though others are also used by some libraries because it is a relatively easy replacement for traditional extended ASCII character sets.
Because keyboard layouts cannot have simple key combinations for all characters, several operating systems provide alternative input methods that allow access to the entire repertoire. There is the Basic method , where a beginning sequence is followed by the hexadecimal representation of the code point and the ending sequence. There is also a screen-selection entry method specified, where the characters are listed in a table in a screen, such as with a character map program.
For email transmission of Unicode, the UTF-8 character set and the Base64 or the Quoted-printable transfer encoding are recommended, depending on whether much of the message consists of ASCII characters. The details of the two different mechanisms are specified in the MIME standards and generally are hidden from users of email software. The adoption of Unicode in email has been very slow. Some East Asian text is still encoded in encodings such as ISO , and some devices, such as mobile phones, still cannot correctly handle Unicode data.
Support has been improving, however. Web browsers have supported Unicode, especially UTF-8, for many years. There used to be display problems resulting primarily from font related issues; e.
Although syntax rules may affect the order in which characters are allowed to appear, XML including XHTML documents, by definition,  comprise characters from most of the Unicode code points, with the exception of:.
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HTML characters manifest either directly as bytes according to document's encoding, if the encoding supports them, or users may write them as numeric character references based on the character's Unicode code point. These font formats map Unicode code points to glyphs, but TrueType font is restricted to 65, glyphs. Thousands of fonts exist on the market, but fewer than a dozen fonts—sometimes described as "pan-Unicode" fonts—attempt to support the majority of Unicode's character repertoire.
Instead, Unicode-based fonts typically focus on supporting only basic ASCII and particular scripts or sets of characters or symbols. Several reasons justify this approach: Furthermore, designing a consistent set of rendering instructions for tens of thousands of glyphs constitutes a monumental task; such a venture passes the point of diminishing returns for most typefaces.
Unicode partially addresses the newline problem that occurs when trying to read a text file on different platforms. Unicode defines a large number of characters that conforming applications should recognize as line terminators. This was an attempt to provide a Unicode solution to encoding paragraphs and lines semantically, potentially replacing all of the various platform solutions.
In doing so, Unicode does provide a way around the historical platform dependent solutions. Nonetheless, few if any Unicode solutions have adopted these Unicode line and paragraph separators as the sole canonical line ending characters.
However, a common approach to solving this issue is through newline normalization.
In this approach every possible newline character is converted internally to a common newline which one does not really matter since it is an internal operation just for rendering.
In other words, the text system can correctly treat the character as a newline, regardless of the input's actual encoding.
Han unification the identification of forms in the East Asian languages which one can treat as stylistic variations of the same historical character has become one of the most controversial aspects of Unicode, despite the presence of a majority of experts from all three regions in the Ideographic Rapporteur Group IRG , which advises the Consortium and ISO on additions to the repertoire and on Han unification.
Unicode has been criticized for failing to separately encode older and alternative forms of kanji which, critics argue, complicates the processing of ancient Japanese and uncommon Japanese names. This is often due to the fact that Unicode encodes characters rather than glyphs the visual representations of the basic character that often vary from one language to another. Unification of glyphs leads to the perception that the languages themselves, not just the basic character representation, are being merged.
An example of one is TRON although it is not widely adopted in Japan, there are some users who need to handle historical Japanese text and favor it. Although the repertoire of fewer than 21, Han characters in the earliest version of Unicode was largely limited to characters in common modern usage, Unicode now includes more than 87, Han characters, and work is continuing to add thousands more historic and dialectal characters used in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Modern font technology provides a means to address the practical issue of needing to depict a unified Han character in terms of a collection of alternative glyph representations, in the form of Unicode variation sequences.
For example, the Advanced Typographic tables of OpenType permit one of a number of alternative glyph representations to be selected when performing the character to glyph mapping process.
In this case, information can be provided within plain text to designate which alternate character form to select. If the difference in the appropriate glyphs for two characters in the same script differ only in the italic, Unicode has generally unified them, as can be seen in the comparison between Russian labeled standard and Serbian characters at right, meaning that the differences are displayed through smart font technology or manually changing fonts.
Unicode was designed to provide code-point-by-code-point round-trip format conversion to and from any preexisting character encodings, so that text files in older character sets can be converted to Unicode and then back and get back the same file, without employing context-dependent interpretation. That has meant that inconsistent legacy architectures, such as combining diacritics and precomposed characters , both exist in Unicode, giving more than one method of representing some text.
This is most pronounced in the three different encoding forms for Korean Hangul. Since version 3. Injective mappings must be provided between characters in existing legacy character sets and characters in Unicode to facilitate conversion to Unicode and allow interoperability with legacy software.
The separation of these characters exists in ISO , from long before Unicode. The correct rendering of Unicode Indic text requires transforming the stored logical order characters into visual order and the forming of ligatures aka conjuncts out of components. Some local scholars argued in favor of assignments of Unicode code points to these ligatures, going against the practice for other writing systems, though Unicode contains some Arabic and other ligatures for backward compatibility purposes only.
Thai alphabet support has been criticized for its ordering of Thai characters. This complication is due to Unicode inheriting the Thai Industrial Standard , which worked in the same way, and was the way in which Thai had always been written on keyboards. This ordering problem complicates the Unicode collation process slightly, requiring table lookups to reorder Thai characters for collation.
Characters with diacritical marks can generally be represented either as a single precomposed character or as a decomposed sequence of a base letter plus one or more non-spacing marks. Similarly, underdots , as needed in the romanization of Indic , will often be placed incorrectly [ citation needed ]. Unicode characters that map to precomposed glyphs can be used in many cases, thus avoiding the problem, but where no precomposed character has been encoded the problem can often be solved by using a specialist Unicode font such as Charis SIL that uses Graphite , OpenType , or AAT technologies for advanced rendering features.
The Unicode standard has imposed rules intended to guarantee stability. For example, a "name" given to a code point cannot and will not change. But a "script" property is more flexible, by Unicode's own rules. In version 2. At the same moment, Unicode stated that from then on, an assigned name to a code point will never change anymore. In a list of anomalies in character names was first published, and, as of April, , there were 94 characters with identified issues,  for example:.
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The Unicode Standard. Unicode Consortium. March Types of code points" PDF. Property Value Stability Stability policy: Some gc groups will never change.
A Code Point Label may be used to identify a nameless code point. The Name remains blank, which can prevent inadvertently replacing, in documentation, a Control Name with a true Control code.
Script Unicode. See also: Universal Character Set characters. Unicode input. Unicode and email. Unicode and HTML. Unicode font. Combining character.
A Technical Introduction". Retrieved Archived PDF from the original on Many persons contributed ideas to the development of a new encoding design. Beginning in , these efforts evolved into the Xerox Character Code Standard XCCS by the present author, a multilingual encoding which has been maintained by Xerox as an internal corporate standard since , through the efforts of Ed Smura, Ron Pellar, and others. Unicode arose as the result of eight years of working experience with XCCS.
Unicode retains the many features of XCCS whose utility have been proved over the years in an international line of communication multilingual system products. Retrieved February 28, Notational Conventions" PDF. In conformity with the bullet point relating to Unicode in MOS: Android Police. Retrieved 4 September Retrieved 30 July The Unicode Consortium. Retrieved 12 December Alan Wood.
Umamaheswaran 7 November Resolution M Known Anomalies in Unicode Character Names". The Unicode Standard, Version 3. The Unicode Standard, Version 6. Unicode Demystified: Korpela, O'Reilly; 1st edition, Unicode at Wikipedia's sister projects. Scripts and symbols in Unicode.