A standard method of coding characters for electronic processing using 16-digit binary (16-bit) numbers. Unlike ASCII and other codes, which work with eight-bit numbers, Unicode is capable of representing 65,536 different characters. This covers all characters and commonly used scripts in the world.
A character set which attempts to include every character from all the major writing systems of the world. Version 1.0 contained 28,706 characters.
A 16-bit character encoding system that can handle most of the world's writing systems, including Western, Asian, and Arabic. Equivalent to Universal Character Set (UCS) ISO-10646. See UTF-8.