About unicode support in os

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About unicode support in os

Postby rajanaeem » Mon Aug 04, 2003 11:32 am

does any one know how can we give support of unicode in operating system and what are different devices supporting unicode.

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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Mon Aug 04, 2003 10:05 pm

First of all, to give a brief insight on what unicode is all about:

The Unicode Standard is the universal character encoding standard used for representation of text for computer processing. Versions of the Unicode Standard are fully compatible and synchronized with the corresponding versions of International Standard ISO/IEC 10646. For example, Unicode 3.0 contains all the same characters and encoding points as ISO/IEC 10646-1:2000. Unicode 3.1 adds all the characters and encoding points of ISO/IEC 10646-2:2001. The Unicode Standard provides additional information about the characters and their use. Any implementation that is conformant to Unicode is also conformant to ISO/IEC 10646.

Unicode provides a consistent way of encoding multilingual plain text and brings order to a chaotic state of affairs that has made it difficult to exchange text files internationally. Computer users who deal with multilingual text -- business people, linguists, researchers, scientists, and others -- will find that the Unicode Standard greatly simplifies their work. Mathematicians and technicians, who regularly use mathematical symbols and other technical characters, will also find the Unicode Standard valuable.

The design of Unicode is based on the simplicity and consistency of ASCII, but goes far beyond ASCII's limited ability to encode only the Latin alphabet. The Unicode Standard provides the capacity to encode all of the characters used for the written languages of the world. To keep character coding simple and efficient, the Unicode Standard assigns each character a unique numeric value and name.
Unicode provides a unique number for every character, no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language. The Unicode Standard has been adopted by such industry leaders as Apple, HP, IBM, JustSystem, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Sun, Sybase, Unisys and many others. Unicode is required by modern standards such as XML, Java, ECMAScript (JavaScript), LDAP, CORBA 3.0, WML, etc., and is the official way to implement ISO/IEC 10646. It is supported in many operating systems, all modern browsers, and many other products. The emergence of the Unicode Standard, and the availability of tools supporting it, are among the most significant recent global software technology trends.

Unicode support does exist in linux.Some unicode fonts are supported while some are not.

Please post your exact requirement.

Like (Do you need unicode support to see Arabic characters in Mozilla? or do u want to do some unicode programming if yes, then exact details??

Unicode support exists by default in most linux distros.
Some unicode fonts are supported while some are not.

Check these Forum threads for more info on UNicode:

http://www.linuxpakistan.net/forum2x/vi ... ht=unicode

Lv is a powerful file viewer similar to less. It can decode and encode
multilingual streams through many coding systems, such as ISO-8859,
ISO-2022, EUC, SJIS Big5, HZ, and Unicode.

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