Archive for ‘ 8th September, 2011

The Magic of Unicode

The Internet is a wonderful place that brings people across the world together into a virtual environment where they can communicate with each other freely. Never before in history has it been so easy to get to know one another and appreciate each other’s languages and cultures. One of the primary reasons that contributes to the popularity of the Internet is that it is easy to use, and hence many people readily adopt it and make it part of their lives.

Despite the universality of the Internet, in actual fact however, dealing with the multitude of languages across the world is anything but easy. Because computers are machines, they naturally deal with bits and bytes on the fundamental level. In order for a computer to be able to store text and numbers that humans can understand, there needs to be a code that transforms characters into numbers. Read more