Unicode™

 

Since its conception, ASCII codes knew many evolutions and, in the 1990's, evolved to a new code called Unicode™ that handles alphabets of many nations and symbols.

The Unicode code space is divided into 17 planes. Each plane contains 65,536 code points (16-bit) and consists of several charts.

If the Unicode standard can handle up to 1,114,112 characters, it currently assigns characters to more than 96,000 of those code points.

The first 256 characters table is identical to the ISO 8859-1 character set (the ANSI table is identical to the ISO 8859-1 table, except in the range 80h-9Fh where we can find C1 control characters). The first 128 characters table is hence identical to the standard ASCII table.

 
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