More and more pages in unicode. Remember those times where you open a web page full of question marks? This just shouldn’t happen. Hopefully everyone moves to unicode soon. Lots of Chinese websites are still not on unicode actually.

Moving to Unicode 5.1

Just last December there was an interesting milestone on the web. For the first time, we found that Unicode was the most frequent encoding found on web pages, overtaking both ASCII and Western European encodings—and by coincidence, within 10 days of one another. What’s more impressive than simply overtaking them is the speed with which this happened; take a look at the blue line in this graph. (Source: Google blog)

Unicode growth

Unicode growth chart from Google blog.


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