Character SetsThese are the most common character sets used for the Chinese language. These are used as part of operating systems, programs or web pages.
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DefinitionThere is a lot of discussion about the term 'Character Set' and the related words. Below you can find some of the more common definitions.
ECMA 35 : "A member of a set of elements used for the organisation, control or represenation of data".
Unicode consortium : "The smalles component of written language that has semantic values; refers to the abstract meaning and/or shape, rather than a specific shape (see also glyph)".
W3C : "An atom of information".
- Coded Character Set
ECMA 35 : "A set of unambiguous rules that establishes a character set and the one-to-one relationship between the characters of the set and their bit combinations".
Chinese : 編碼字符集 (biānmǎ zìfújí)
- Character Repertoire
ECMA 35 : "A specified set of characters that are represented by means of one or more bit combinations of a coded character set".
Chinese : 字彙 (zìhuì)
- Character Encoding Scheme
Unicode Consortium : "An abstract from that represents one or more glyph images", an glyph image is "The actual, concrete image of a glyph representation having been rasterized or otherwise imaged onto some display surface".
ISO 9541-1 : "A recognizable abstract grpahic symbol which is independent of a specific design".
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