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Video Rewind — Unicode, the Video: All 49,000 Characters

The days of dealing with Unicode seem to have gone, but there was a time when systems weren’t capable of displaying or ingesting Unicode. It may still happen, and if it does, this 33-minute video of all 49,000 Unicode characters, originally featured here in 2011, may give you sympathy for the scope of the integration.

Of course, diacritical marks — the tittle, the umlaut, the cedilla, and the macron, to name a few — pass in and out of our texts all the time. See how many you can spot!

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About Kent Anderson

I am the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. I’ve worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are my own.


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