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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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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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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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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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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Several unicode characters are not displaying on many big sites (like this: ⁠)

There are several Unicode charactes I'm just seeing as boxes. This happens in Chrome only. The Character Encoding is set to UTF-8, but Autodetection doesn't help. Example: [⁠] You will only see two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Cannot use Alt code for Unicode character insertion any more

I've been using the Alt code for the ellipsis, 8230, for some time now, in several applications. A few days ago it stopped working, and & is displayed instead of … when pressing Alt+8+2+3+0 (on ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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On Windows 7, dir or tree can't show unicode characters, even starting cmd with cmd /U

On Windows 7, dir or tree can't show unicode characters, even starting cmd with cmd /U So I would press Window Key + R to run something, and type in cmd /U so that the content might handle Unicode. ...
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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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How to Make Windows Show Unicode Characters Properly?

How do I make Windows 7 show Unicode all characters properly, like those in this question? Right now I just see squares for some of them.
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OCR for Sanskrit ( OR devanagari)

I need an OCR s/w for Sanskrit OR devanagari. I need a s/w which can convers character into UNICODE.
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Why does Firefox not render some characters?

An example just showed up on here: http://superuser.com/questions/59732/command-key-a-doesnt-work-to-select-text-in-several-mac-text-edit-fields I see the text as starting with a ( followed by a ...
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Unicode grep for Windows

Is there a Unicode-aware grep for Windows 32-bit?
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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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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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Excel 2007 doesn't preserve asian characters when converting to csv [duplicate]

I am trying to save a spreadsheet as a CSV file. The file consists of korean characters, and the resulting csv has those characters literally converted to question marks (0x3F). I am running on an ...
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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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Why do (Russian) characters in some received emails change when reading in David InfoCenter?

I'm using David InfoCenter as email Software, and I have troubles with some of my emails in Russian. It's only a few letters, in some emails (sent from different people), like for example the "R" ("P" ...
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Converting ascii Russian to Russian?

I have a text document that is supposed to be written in Russian but it seems to instead be ascii: Óñòàíîâêà: 1)Çàïóñêàåì QuidamStudioSetup3.15.exe 2)Ïðè çàïðîñå ñåðèéíîãî íîìåðà ââîäèì How could I ...
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How to make Quick Look preview text files in UTF-8 by default?

When I use Quick Look in the Finder on a text file, it'll inevitably render garbled because it treats it as MacRoman. Can I do something to make it always use UTF-8, or, even better, be ever so ...
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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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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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Unicode play icon ▶ present in a page title is incorrectly displayed in my Firefox

Right-pointing triangle Unicode character ▶ (U+25B6), most notably used on YouTube, is vertically squashed on my tabs, title tooltip and in history in my Firefox 24 beta on particular Windows 7 ...
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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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Program to check/look up UTF-8/Unicode characters in string on command line?

I've just realized I have a file on my system; it lists normally: $ ls -la TΕSТER.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 user user 8 2013-04-11 18:07 TΕSТER.txt $ cat TΕSТER.txt testing ... yet, it crashes a piece of ...
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Why only some unicode characters are visible on Firefox?

I can't see some unicode characters for some reason. I tried to fix this by getting Arial Unicode MS font as suggested in here: Why does Firefox not render some characters? Unfortunately it changed ...
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Unicode text exceeding boundaries?

I've seen this before on youtube comments and such as well but what is this called and how is it done? I saw it here ...
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Some Unicode alt-codes not working

Here is a list of all special Hungarian characters: ALT-0193 Á ALT-0225 á ALT-0201 É ALT-0233 é ALT-0205 Í ALT-0237 í ALT-0211 Ó ALT-0214 Ö ALT-0336 Ő ALT-0243 ó ALT-0246 ö ALT-0337 ő ...
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How to enter Unicode characters in the Windows Explorer (file manager) on Windows 7?

I try to use Unicode characters in file names. It is possible to use them, if I copy the character into the clip board and paste it into the file name. But I did not manage to enter them directly via ...
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How can I remove unicode characters in a Microsoft Word document?

I'm saving a Microsoft Word document as a PDF but it is warning me that there are a few problems including the fact that the document includes Unicode characters. I'm not sure what characters it is ...
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TTF fonts: seeing the characters available

OK, newbie basic question. I've installed Junicode TTF on Mac OSX 10.6. I now have it available as a system font. Brilliant. But how do I: see the characters that are available to in the font ...
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Excel transpose via paste

I want to transpose data in Excel. Normally, I cut the cells I need, and use paste special -> transpose. However, sometimes when I do paste special, a box comes up asking me if I want to use unicode ...
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Displaying Korean characters properly on a computer with English Windows XP

I have Windows XP Professional Version 2002 SP 3 English version I have installed the required input methods in Regional and Language Settings and as far as I know all the other options provided there ...
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Czech language input method and font support in gvim 7.4 on Windows 7

I would like to reopen a question related to the following: (Czech) character set support in gvim 7.3 on Windows 7 Basically, in that post I noticed that some Czech characters were being displayed ...
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In Linux, remap keys from second keyboard to unicode characters and shortcuts

I would like to get a second keyboard for just frequently used unicode characters and keyboard shortcuts. Ie, I would like to bind the "a" key on my second keyboard to opening firefox, for example. ...
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Easily typing unicode letters to a HTML form

Is there a program or a key map that allows me to easily type mathematcial symbols and unicode letters such as these symbols in a web form? Maybe a keyboard mapping? An assitant program? (What I'm ...