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The Unicode BMP Fallback Font is a Unicode font containing a glyph for every character in the Basic multilingual plane. In computing, Unicode is the international standard whose goal is to provide the means to encode the text of every document people want to store in computers. ... A font can mean: A member of a typeface family; or An item of church furniture or architecture, used as a container for holy water, and used in blessings and baptisms. ... A glyph is a carved figure or character, incised or in relief; a carved pictograph; hence, a pictograph representing a form originally adopted for sculpture, whether carved or painted. ... Unicode reserves 1,114,112 (= 220 + 216) code points, and currently assigns characters to more than 96,000 of those code points. ...

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Each glyph consists of a box containing the four hex digits corresponding to the Unicode value. The example to the right is a mock-up of the glyph for a space character (x0020).


The font was created for debugging purposes. Debugging is a methodical process of finding and reducing the number of bugs, or defects, in a computer program or a piece of electronic hardware thus making it behave as expected. ...


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Unicode Summary (5485 words)
The Unicode Consortium has as its ambitious goal the eventual replacement of existing character encoding schemes with Unicode, as many of the existing schemes are limited in size and scope, and are incompatible with multilingual environments.
Unicode has the explicit aim of transcending the limitations of traditional character encodings, such as those defined by the ISO 8859 standard which find wide usage in various countries of the world, but remain largely incompatible with each other.
Unicode is criticized for failing to allow for older and alternate forms of kanji which, critics argue, complicates the processing of ancient Japanese and uncommon Japanese names, although it follows the recommendations of Japanese language scholars and of the Japanese government.
Fallback font - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (394 words)
A fallback font is a reserve typeface containing symbols for all Unicode characters.
The use of a fallback font is suggested in The Unicode Standard.
The Unicode BMP Fallback font is a Unicode font containing a glyph for every character in the Basic multilingual plane.
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