Unicode characters — A Global Standard to Support ALL the World’s Languages
The Unicode standard was developed to address these issues. The standard was created on an encoding foundation large enough to support the writing systems used by all the world’s languages. Over the years the Unicode standard encoding has been steadily expanded and now includes languages like Cherokee, Mongolian, and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Beyond simply providing a standardized system of character codes, the Unicode Consortium has expanded the scope of its efforts to include standard “locale” data, such as how a date is formatted in Arabic or Swahili, and code libraries that assist programmers to develop.
The variety of languages found on the Web today is thanks to the character support provided by Unicode, which enables computers to support virtually every language in use in the world today, and for users and programmers to develop content in their own native language.
We provide a unique code for every character, in every language, in every program, on every platform.
This includes popular languages like English and Mandarin, but also endangered languages like Navajo. And we can’t do it alone. Help us preserve the world’s heritage by Adopting a Character or becoming a Member.