We keep hearing the word 'Unicode', and people are saying that it is better if a font is 'Unicode'. What is this 'Unicode' thing, and why is it better?
What is Unicode?
Unicode is a "UNIversal CODE" for displaying all the characters in every language: like "a" or "ཡ" or "दी" Every individual character in the world has one, and only one, code.
But it isn't a code you have to learn, like you learn HTML or PHP.
The computer uses this code to display characters - on the screen, in printing, etc.
Why do we want to use Unicode fonts?
With Unicode, all languages will display for everybody everywhere. The codes for the font characters are the same on all computers.
Unicode applications and fonts do not need to understand the rules of how to create glyphs ("characters") for a given language. The actual knowhow how to create Tibetan stacks resides within the Unicode font and the complex script support of the operating system. And it will work the same on all Unicode computers, operating systems, and software.
How to use Unicode?
→ use a Unicode font,
→ and tell the computer you are using it.
Much more info is at http://bodyig.tibetangeeks.com//info/unicode-faq.html.
- How to convert different legacy formats of Tibetan texts into standard Unicode Tibetan
- Tibetan Unicode
- Tibetan Unicode Test Page
A gentle Unicode FAQ
What is Unicode - at unicode.org
Unicode, at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The basic concepts of Unicode, plus links to related resources.
Developing Non-English Web Sites with Unicode
Using Bod-Yig on computers
About Tibetan Unicode fonts
List of Tibetan Unicode MSWindows Fonts, with information, sources, and links to test page.
Database and Unicode
This is specifically about SQL Server, but it has lots of useful information that applies to databases in general.