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About Unicode Terminology

The Unicode terminology pages list important terminology from the Unicode Standard and related specifications, and provides suggested translations of that terminology in various languages.

Currently, the following languages are available:

The French terminology includes French translations of Unicode-related terminology published in the French translations of ISO/IEC 10646, ISO/IEC 14651 or other ISO character encoding standards. The Japanese terminology comes from the Unicode glossary. The Traditional Chinese comes from the government of the Hong Kong SAR and standard on-line references.

Terminology sections for additional languages are planned for the future.

These terminology pages focus specifically on translations for formal terms used in the Unicode Standard and related standards. Translations for other useful locale-related content, such as script names, language names, country names, and common formatting information such as days of the week, names for months, and so on, is available for many languages in the Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR).


The French terminology is available thanks to the work of Patrick Andries and François Yergeau. Eric Muller and Michel Suignard reviewed the terms and translated the navigation and other text into French.

The Japanese terminology is available thanks to the work of Kazuhiro Kazama, Tatsuo Kobayashi, Makoto Murata, Shigeki Moro, Takeshi Urayama, and Masato Sumiuchi. Selena McGowan sorted the terms for the Japanese-English page.

The Traditional Chinese terminology is available thanks to the Chinese Language Interface Advisory Committee (CLIAC), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. Tséng Tsòk-hāng sorted the terms for the Traditional Chinese-English page.