Re: CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B

From: J Do (
Date: Thu May 16 2002 - 08:10:41 EDT

Hi William,

> I have been looking at the characters in the CJK Unified Ideographs
> Extension B document. These are the characters from U+020000 through to
> U+02A6DF, which, as I understand it, are the rarer CJK characters.
> I wonder if any of the people who read this list who understand the
> languages involved might please like to say what any one or two of these
> characters, of their choice, mean please, just as a matter of general
> cultural interest for people who see these characters in the Unicode
> specification and, though not themselves knowledgeable of the languages,
> find the characters interesting for their artistry and history.

Many of the characters in CJK Extension B belong to the classical Nôm script of Việt Nam. There is a brief explanation at:

plus you can explore them at:

which has additional links into the UniHan database. To effectively use the second URL, what you'll need is the SVG plugin for your browser.

Hope this helps.


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