Mapping of Unicode characters

Mapping Of Unicode Characters

Mapping of Unicode characters

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<!--- Duh... basic textbook stuff... not going to see a magazine article on such basic material. Like 2+2=4, is elementary material to many... User:fabartus --->Unicode’s Universal Character Set has a potential capacity to support over 1 million characters. Each UCS character is mapped to a code point which is an integer between 0 and 1,114,111 used to represent each character within the internal logic of text processing software (1,114,112 = 2<sup>20</sup> + 2<sup>16</sup> or 17 × 2<sup>16</sup>, or hexadecimal 110000 code points).

As of Unicode 5.2.0, 246,943 (22.2%) of these code points are assigned, including 107,361 (9.6%) encoded characters, 137,468 (12.3%) reserved for private use, 2,048 for surrogates, and 66 designated noncharacters, leaving 867,169 (77.8%) unassigned. The number of encoded characters is made up as follows:
  • 107,154 graphical characters (some of which are invisible, but are still counted as graphical)
  • 207 special purpose characters for control and formatting.


(See the summary table for a more detailed breakdown).

Unicode characters can be categorized in many ways. Every character is assigned a script or a symbol (though many are assigned the common or inherited scripts where they inherit the script from the adjacent character). In Unicode a script is a coherent writing system that includes letters but also may include script-specific punctuation, diacritic and other marks and numerals and symbols. A...
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