When people started teaching computers how to talk, the computer geeks came up with a system called ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). ASCII characters are encoded by using 7 bits of information, which allows for only 128 (0-127) characters. That wasn't enough for non-English languages, accented characters, and other common symbols.
Enter Unicode. Unicode will eventually be able to encode every character set, including those for non-European languages, alphabets used by scholars, and mathematical and linguistic symbols. See http://www.unicode.org to find out more.
Was this article helpful?