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  1. computing a character set for all languages
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Examples from the Web for unicode

Historical Examples

  • Your browser must support the Unicode character set to use this file.



  • While unicode is fairly complete, it does not have every possible character.

  • This also is not available as a Unicode character, so an image has been substituted.

  • This book contains Unicode characters, such as c (c with combining macron).

  • If the following Greek cursive characters (βγε) do not appear, then you may need to select a unicode font.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

unicode in Science


  1. A computer standard for encoding characters. Each character is represented by sixteen bits. Whereas ASCII, being an 8-bit encoding scheme, can only represent 256 characters, Unicode has 65,536 combinations, enabling it to encode the letters of all written languages as well as thousands of characters in languages such as Japanese and Chinese.
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