UCS transformation format for 16 planes of group 00, 16-bit form. UTF-16 is the ISO/IEC encoding that is equivalent to the Unicode standard with the use of surrogates. See also ISO/IEC 10646 and Unicode.
Unicode Transformation Format 16 (UTF-16), the default transformation format of Unicode, is a 16-bit encoding form. Each character is encoded in one or more pairs of bytes. Some pairs of bytes may not be used to encode printable characters but any byte may occur within a pair.
Universal Character Set (UCS) Transformation Format, 16-bit form. In UTF-16, each UCS-2 code value represents itself. Code values beyond the BMP (Basic Multilingual Plane: 0..0xFFFF) are represented using pairs of special 16-bit codes called surrogate pairs. This allows an additional 220 (1 MB) code values to be represented, using 4 bytes to do so.