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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What is this character: '*​'?

A friend pasted a command into a Slack chat room which contained the character *. This looks like a normal * but isn't: $ uniprops '*​' uniprops: no character named ‹*​› While if I run uniprops on ...
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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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Difference Between Unicode FRACTION SLASH and DIVISION SLASH

What is the difference between U+2044 ("Fraction Slash") and U+2215 ("Division Slash"). They seem nearly identical to me, but there's still clearly a difference, but I can't tell exactly what it is. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Some Unicode fonts not working in Windows 7/Firefox

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 Unicode 5.2. TL;DR: ...
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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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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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Unicode grep for Windows [closed]

Is there a Unicode-aware grep for Windows 32-bit?
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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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Is there a text-caret Unicode character?

Is there a text caret Unicode glyph? I can’t imagine that such a typical character would not be present (especially considering some of the many much less useful code-points). I have tried searching ...
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How to display unicode in a Linux virtual terminal?

Reading any data in unicode does not display correctly in the linux terminal (meaning the virtual terminal that opens without an X windows). I read in a discussion here that installing programs such ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robocopy unilog output is gibberish

I tried to get robocopy in Windows 7 to generate a Unicode log, since I have files with Unicode characters. The command I used: robocopy C:\mysource D:\mydest /mir /unilog:backup.log /tee File 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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Unicode Characters in Ubuntu Server

I recently migrated from Ubuntu Desktop 13.04 to Ubuntu Server 13.10 and now my filesystem doesn't seem to support unicode characters. I use rsync to backup/sync files and it shows the proper ...
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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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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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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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iconv generating UTF-16 with BOM

Inspired by this question, can I use the iconv command to generate UTF-16 output with a BOM and with specified endianness? The iconv command converts text from one encoding to another. For example: ...
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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%}" RPROMPT="%(...
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What is this mix of Chinese/Arabic/Korean/Japanese user owning a process listening on port 139?

While using an open port checking tool (Technicians toolbox v1.1.0) I found a strange user name listening on port 139 hiding in PID 4 with a mix of Chinese and other Unicode characters as the user ...
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Display unicode in tmux?

This is urxvt without tmux This is urxvt with tmux and utf8 not enabled in the config This is urxvt with tmux and utf8 enabled in the config How can I make tmux act consistent with the ...
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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 to type a Unicode character by its number in Emacs?

How to type a Unicode character by its number, e.g. 0x2E3B for Unicode character U+2E3B (THREE-EM DASH) in Emacs?