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[[Category:Encyclopedia]]'''Unicode''' is a mapping from characters in a ''very'' large set of languages to code points, together with a set of descriptive metadata about those code points (so that you can know whether they are alphabetic, numeric, symbolic, white-space, etc.)
A number of different mechanisms are used for mapping this to a sequence of bytes. The single most important one (because it embeds [[ASCII]] and so is easy to deploy on existing systems) is [[UTF-8]].
- [[wikt:Appendix:Unicode|Appendix:Unicode]] from Wiktionary