Unicode is the standard for computer representation of plain text. It encompasses the Universal Character Set, intended to unambiguously represent all characters used in human writing systems in any language, Unicode Transformation Formats (UTFs), defining standardized formats for storing and ...

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Which Unicode characters do smilies like ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶ consist of?

How do I make Unicode texts like the one in the title, or like the following, without resorting to copy+paste? ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ ٩(●̮̮̃•̃)۶ ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃•̃). As an aside, note that in your browser the ...
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How do you type Unicode characters using hexadecimal codes?

This is in Windows, but answers for other operating systems can be handy to others. Most guides say something to the effect of "hold down the Alt key and type in the code on the keypad". This works ...
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Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?

When I put 'a' in a text file, it makes it 2 bytes but when I put, let's say 'ա', which is a letter from Armenian alphabet, it makes it 3 bytes. What is the difference between alphabets for a ...
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Setting UTF8 as default Character Encoding in Windows 7

is there a way to set Windows 7 to globally use UTF-8 as standard? its really annoying to set every single text editor to use it.
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Is there a Pac-Man-like character in ASCII or Unicode?

Simple question: is there a character that looks either like Pac-Man, or like the ghost in Pac-Man? With Google's recent Pac-Man logo, everyone should know what these look like, but in case you don't ...
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How to type special characters in Linux?

In windows there is possibility to type from keyboard special signs by holding alt key and typing a few numbers, that depends on with sign you want to use. Does it work with linux in the same way?
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What are ways to prevent files with the Right-to-Left Override Unicode character in their name (a malware spoofing method) from being written or read?

What are ways to avoid or prevent files with the RLO (Right-to-Left Override) Unicode character in their name (a malware method to spoof filenames) from being written or read in a Windows PC? More ...
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What is the '😋' character?

An e-mail from a colleague contained the character 😋 at the end of a sentence, in a context where one might expect punctuation or a smiley. What is this character? It has zero google results and ...
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My Windows 7 has suddenly stopped displaying Unicode symbols

For some strange reason, my computer suddenly doesn't show certain unicode characters anymore! I have no idea what happened. Affected applications include Windows Explorer (should be Japanese ...
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How to type unicode characters in KDE?

This answer has tips on how to do it on Gnome or Vim, but these don't work on KDE. This bug shows that KDE don't support the ISO notation with Ctrl+Shift plus the character's hex code. Is there any ...
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How to type zero-width space character (U+200B) on a laptop keyboard?

There is a very similar question to this one already (How can I type U+200B character?) but all the answers are about how to type this character on a PC keyboard with a num pad which is not my case. ...
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How can I edit Unicode text in Notepad++?

Sometimes I edit English text that includes Unicode characters. For some reason, on my PC, Notepad++ converts Unicode characters to ???'s thereby corrupting the text and losing all that data. I'm ...
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Unicode characters suddenly start displaying as boxes in some applications [duplicate]

I noticed that Unicode characters suddenly stopped displaying in some applications, so far Notepad++ and Skype, when they were appearing previously. Instead they appear as boxes. They were working ...
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Saving a file in a CSV type in Excel always removes the BOM

I've been trying to find a reasonable solution/explanation (unsuccessfully) to find out why Excel defaults to removing the BOM when saving a file to the CSV type. Please forgive me if you find this a ...
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Unicode, Unicode Big Endian or UTF-8? What is the difference? Which format is better?

When I try to save a text file with non-English text in Notepad, I get an option to choose between Unicode, Unicode Big Endian and UTF-8. What is the difference between these formats? Assuming I do ...
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Displaying Unicode on Chrome vs Firefox

Unicode Rendering: Firefox vs Chrome OS: Windows XP SP3 My question is about the rendering of this post on Firefox vs Chrome. I can see a lot of boxes on Chrome, not so much on Firefox. Firefox: ...
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Replacement for horrible, horrible Character Map

Character Map is a horrible, horrible utility. What is a good free alternative? Ideally, I hope to find a program that comes close to Mac OS X's Character Palette in terms of features & ...
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How can I type U+200B character?

How can I type the unicode character U+200B (zero-width space character) with my keyboard?
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Unicode grep for Windows

Is there a Unicode-aware grep for Windows 32-bit?
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Get Supported Unicode Ranges from Font *.ttf file on Ubuntu

I have some fonts in 'ttf' format on my Ubuntu machine. I want to know some metadata of those fonts, about which unicode ranges and which non-unicode codepages those font files are supporte. How I ...
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Permanent fix for unicode characters not displaying correctly (as boxes)

Please read this entire message before replying. First I know how to fix the issue on a temporary basis. I am looking for a permanent fix. I work with foreign language files a lot. Unfortunately ...
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Why are unicode characters not rendering correctly

Background: I have some unicode characters in my prompt (git status markers essentially) I'm running urxvt under xfce on arch linux. I'm using DejaVu Sans Mono for Powerline font, specified via ...
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Some Unicode fonts not working in Windows 7/Firefox

My use-case is that I want to display Egyptian Hieroglyphics: 𓀀 𓀁 𓀂 𓀃 𓀄 𓀅 𓀆 𓀇 𓀈 𓀉 𓀊 𓀋 𓀌 𓀍 𓀎 𓀏 𓀐 𓀑 𓀒 𓀓 𓀔 𓀕 𓀖 𓀗 𓀘 𓀙 𓀚 𓀛 𓀜 𓀝 𓀞 𓀟 𓀠 𓀡 𓀢 𓀣 These are part of ...
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Why are Craigslist posts full of question marks?

There's no craigslist presence in my city, but sometimes I browse the "best of" because it's funny or interesting. Why are some posts full of question marks? It looks like all punctuation except ...
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Windows 7 UTF-8 and Unicode

Hi: Could someone please explain what has changed in Windows 7 (Pro 64-bit)? Details: Previously I had Windows XP and had some translations files (UTF-8 encoded) in CSV format. I was able to view the ...
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Copying unicode symbols from Firefox address bar as is

Let's say I open a webpage with some Unicode characters, say, Cyrillic, in the address like this: http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Функциональная_закреплённость When I try to copy it from the ...
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Typing strange letters¿ w/o numpad?

How do i type ♣ (alt+5) and ♥ (alt+259) and other characters like it on a keyboard w/o a numberpad? using the numbers 1-9-0 doesnt activate those characters. Note i want to TYPE and not use that ...
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In utf-8 collation, why 11- is less then 1-?

I found that the sort result in ASCII: Source file test: 1- 11- 1-a 11-a Sort using ASCII: $ LANG=en_US.ascii sort test 1- 1-a 11- 11-a And using UTF-8: $ LANG=en_US.utf8 sort test 1- 11- ...
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Fonts and different glyphs

I was always curious about how to create nonstandard fonts and couldn't find a good documentation how the font mechanism works. How come the screen is rendering this? If this is a Unicode, how can I ...
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Notepad++ inserting special Unicode characters in UTF-8

What's the best ways to enter special Unicode characters into a Notepad++ document? Do I have to rely on the operating system (Windows)? Looking for a see-and-click solution. I can bring up the ...
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Fancy colored rendering issue on osx 10.8 retina with iTerm

I use iTerm2, with oh-my-zsh and zsh and in my .zshrc file I set a couple of my prompts to the unicode bolt symbol as follows. ZSH_THEME_GIT_PROMPT_DIRTY="%{$fg[yellow]%}⚡%{$reset_color%}" ...
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Can GNU sed (for Windows) handle Unicode? If so, is it a code-page/locale issue, or a switch?

I've been using GNU SED on and off for a couple of years now. It spins me out a bit sometimes, but it does a good job... for single-byte char sets! I now and then notice references to GNU SED being ...
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Why does VIM show the Unicode code point and not the UTF-8 code value?

Consider this supposed line of code that I found in a PHP blog, note the quotes: throw new Exception(“That's not a server name!”); Those quotes are RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK (Unicode code point: ...
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How can I delete U+200B (Zero-width space) using sed

I have a very large file that has zero-width spaces scattered throughout. It takes too long to open and edit using vi so I'd like to delete all instances of the character using sed. The problem is, ...
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How to change Language for non-Unicode programs in Windows 8

There has always been a "Language for non-Unicode programs" settings in the "Region and Language" settings in XP, Vista and 7. I installed Windows 8 (had some unrelated problems, so I had to revert ...
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Unicode characters in bibtex

I am struggling with unicode chars in bibtex (Debian). I have the following entry in my .bib file: @Book{bjork2009, author = {Tomas Björk}, title = {Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time}, publishe = ...
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Getting gvim to show unicode

How to get GVim (v. 7.3. on Windows XP, if that matters) to show Unicode characters? Something along the lines of http://vimcasts.org/episodes/show-invisibles/ (search for listchars to see the ...
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Vim: How to handle Unicode files with text in multiple (more than two) languages?

What settings do I need to set in Vim/gVim to be able to view Unicode text files which have text in many languages? You may make these assumptions: The number of languages is more than two. Some of ...
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Displaying unicode character U+2661 (“White Heart Suit”) in Windows 7

I can't get this character: ♡ to display properly in Windows Explorer, it instead shows up as a symbol of three lines, similar to this ☰. The strangest thing is that if i use the heart symbol beside ...
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Weird symbols on Mac

Since I've had my mac, I keep seeing this weird symbol. Till today, it had been only in the place of bullet points in OpenOffice.org. The first pictures shows this in a .doc file created on a Windows ...
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Preserving Greek letters on my PC

How would convert this long table of vocabulary (one column of greek then one of english) in this document into one excel spreadsheet where the Greek characters are preserved? Whenever I try to ...
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Will IE, Firefox, and Chrome be unicode domain compatible

Since there will soon be Hebrew domain names, I'm wondering if the major browsers already have support for this built in, or whether we'll have to wait for a future release to visit our favorite ...
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Convert unicode to corresponding text in Excel spreadsheet

I use "Char" to convert an ascii number to a character. What do I use to convert a unicode number to a character? I'm building a Hebrew conversion chart. For example, 1489 is the letter "BET". I ...
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View unicode codepoints for all letters in file on bash

I have to deal with a file that has lot of invisible control characters, like "right to left" or "zero width non-joiner", different spaces than the normal space and so on, and I have troubles dealing ...
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Unicode characters display improperly in KDE and on the console in Arch Linux

I recently switched from OpenSuSE to Arch Linux. Files with unicode characters in the name used to display fine, but after the switchover I just get mojibake. For example, in my music library ...
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How do I find out which language some Unicode characters belong to?

On Facebook, there are currently messages floating around with these strange chars: ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ กิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิ ก้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้ They are used to confuse the reader, because ...
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Unicode in an Emacs regular expression

I'm using emacs 24. How can I replace all occurrences of the non-printable Unicode bidi character RTL, whose hexadecimal number is 202e? I want to replace it with the non-printable Unicode bidi ...
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Any character to convet ◕‿◕ to a sad face [closed]

Using AutoHotKey when I type :) it will converted to ◕‿◕ (I found it here). Now I want also convert :( to a similar one but I could not found a Unicode character for its lips. Do you know any one?
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Entering Unicode characters in Google Chrome?

I would like sometimes to enter Unicode characters such as a right arrow (→). Currently, the only way I know is to use the Unicode Input application, but it's about as cumbersome as the Windows ...
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How to enter thése chàràctèrs into arbitrary programs?

Is there any way to allow the classic "Ctrl-Apostrophe-E"-style combos, which input accented characters, work in any text box, rather than just in special programs like Wordpad or Microsoft Word?