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Unicode Resources and Information
Free C++ Unicode Libraries
Non-free C++ Unicode Libraries
Free Delphi Unicode Libraries
Free Java Unicode Libraries
Free Unicode Utilities
Free Internationalization Resources
Fonts
Books on Unicode
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Unicode Resources and Information
A Tutorial on
Character Code Issues
Useful information on issues related to character encoding: Unicode, ASCII, the Windows character set, ISO 646, ISO 8859, etc.
Alan Wood's
Unicode Resources
Unicode and multilingual support in HTML, Fonts, web browsers and other applications.
Die Unicode-DatenbankLists of all Unicode characters, ordered by block, category and some of the additional Unicode-properties. A Windows-CHM/Help - version is available for download as well.
Note: the site is in German, but even if you don't read German the Unicode lists are very helpful.
Joel on Software"The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets."
Unicode ReferenceAfter entering a unicode character (or corresponding character code) into the online form, information is displayed on this character.
Unicode Transformation
Formats
UTF-8 and other Unicode character sets explained.
Unicode-enabled ProductsA non-exhaustive list of products, programming libraries, operating systems, and other tools that are reported to be Unicode-enabled.
Unicode.orgUnicode Home Page. Almost everything you need to know about unicode.
UTF-8 SamplerA web page encoded in UTF-8 (an encoding method for unicode) containing different languages, fonts and writing systems. Useful for testing the unicode capabilities of your browser and your operating system.
 
Free C++ Unicode Libraries
FreeTypeA free, high-quality, and portable font engine, which supports True Type and Open Type Fonts as well as unicode.
IBM's ICUThe International Component for Unicode (ICU) is a mature, portable set of C/C++ and Java libraries for Unicode support, software internationalization (I18N) and globalization (G11N), giving applications the same results on all platforms.
International components
for Unicode
Widely used set of C/C++ and Java libraries for Unicode support; open source.
LASiA C++ library that provides a C++ stream output interface for creating Postscript documents containing Unicode characters.
libiconvUnicode character conversion library using over 150 character set encodings.
libunicowsUnicode library for Win32, to alleviate the complications related to developing a single unicode app for all Win32 platforms.
PangoA library for laying out and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization.
UTF - CPP A simple, portable and lightweight generic library for handling UTF-8 encoded strings.
xtklibFree C++ library for Windows and Unix (Linux/BSD) with: streams, unicode strings, sockets, file access, exceptions hierarchy, etc.
 
Non-free C++ Unicode Libraries
Rosette Core Library
for Unicode
Rosette Core Library for Unicode (RCLU) enables software engineers to add support for the world’s languages to their applications. The product’s C++ classes and ISO C-compliant, wide-character run-time library support conversions between Unicode and a broad range of language-specific legacy encodings.
WordType Layout EngineAn ANSI-C based modular library designed for building complex subsystems that allow products to display multilingual text. With WorldType Layout Engine integrated into an operating system or application, the technology will handle various intricacies such as line layout, contextual character shaping or substitution, ligatures, combined characters and bi-directional text flow.
Font FusionA a small, fast, object-oriented C++ font engine with support for Unicode, TrueType, OpenType. Non-free.
 
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Free Delphi Unicode Libraries
Delphi Fundamentals
Unicode Library
Delphi units which provide common functions necessary to utilize Unicode strings in Delphi applications.
DIConvertersThe Delphi version of the popular libiconv character conversion library. It supplies over 150 character set encodings with two complementary functions each, adding up to a total of more than 300 character conversion functions, to decode from encoding to Unicode, to encode from Unicode to encoding. All conversion are fully native and require no DLL or system dependencies. Applications build with DIConverters therefore run on all Win32 platforms starting from (and including!) Windows 95.
SoftGems Unicode LibraryA Delphi Unicode support library to use WideStrings/Unicode strings in your application. It includes more than 100 functions and classes for handling Unicode widestrings, as well as a unicode-enabled search engine and a unicode enabled regular expression search engine.
SoftGems UniCodeEditorUCE, the UniCodeEditor is an edit control for Delphi and Borland C++ Builder with syntax highlighting and WideString/Unicode support. This edit control comes with syntax highlighter classes for Delphi, C/C++, HTML, SQL and DCG (the Delphi Compiler Generator).
 
Free Java Unicode Libraries
IBM's ICUThe International Component for Unicode (ICU) is a mature, portable set of C/C++ and Java libraries for Unicode support, software internationalization (I18N) and globalization (G11N), giving applications the same results on all platforms.
 
Free Unicode Utilities
Unicode Font Viewer
for Windows
This small tool shows all true type fonts on a Windows system and allows to browse through all characters. See whether your fonts contain chinese, arabic or hebrew characters. Get a short description of the selected character (where specified by the Unicode consortium) and compose a unicode string which can be copied to the clipboard and used in other applications. This way you can use the viewer as simple IME (input method editor) replacement. The viewer does not depend on any language specific version of Windows nor does it need any additional software.
 
Free Internationalization Resources
Internationalization NotesNotes and links related to software internationalization issues.
LangPack TranslatorLangPack Translator is an editor (and not an automatic translator) of Language Files which are structured like standard INI Files.
The program is very simple to use; not only can you create language ini-files with it, LangPack Translator also enables you to edit existing language ini-files.
 
Fonts
1001 Free FontsFree fonts for download.
Absolute Fonts Archive6800+ free true type fonts.
Chess FontsPage containing True Type Chess fonts and symbols for download.
dafont.comMany free fonts for download. A sample of each font can be previewed online.
Dina Programming FontDina is a monospace bitmap font, primarily aimed at programmers. It is relatively compact to allow a lot of code on screen.
Dingbat pagesFreeware and shareware dingbat fonts.
Dingbats-UKIncludes 300 dingbats for immediate preview and download and a dingbat helper with links to 2000+ individual dingbat fonts.
Download Free FontsDownload Free Fonts - Download thousands of free true type fonts for windows and mac.
DynaFontsCollection of high-quality simplified and traditional Chinese Unicode fonts. Non-free.
Font Gardens
Dingbat Archive
Dingbat fonts ordered by category.
Font SquirrelHand picked free fonts for graphic designers. The free fonts can be used in commercial projects.
FontcoFont search engine for freeware and shareware fonts.
Fonts Search EngineSearch and download over 10000 Postscript and True Type fonts for Windows and MAC.
Fonts.comLots of quality fonts, non-free.
Free Font FiestaA collection of free and non-free fonts for download.
FreewareFonts.comList of free-font sites.
Liberation fontsFree fonts distributed by RedHat as RPM package and .tar.gz file (true type): Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono).
Microsoft TypographyTrueType and Open Type font specification including Apple Advanced Typography specs.
Monotype Imaging FontsCollections of high-quality multilingual fonts. Non-free.
Only Free FontsAn online font browser that lets you preview your fonts before downloading.
SimplytheBest FontsFonts ordered by alphabet and category.
TopFreeFonts.comList of free-font sites.
Unicode FontsA listing of unicode fonts (True Type and Open Type).
Unicode fonts for X11Classic X Window system bitmap fonts.
Unicode ResourcesA listing of unicode fonts by unicode.org
UrbanFonts.comThousands of categorized fonts and dingbats.
Vietnamese FontsFree Vietnamese Unicode Fonts
Wanted FontsFree font downloads organized into categories (Asian, Dingbats, Gothic, Script, Stencil and more) that are pre-viewable before download.
Wazu Japan's Gallery
of Unicode Fonts
A listing of unicode fonts organized by name and writing system.
 
Books on Unicode
Unicode ExplainedRecommended! Very useful book on Unicode for technical as well as non-technical readers.
Author: Jukka K. Korpela.
ISBN 10: 0-596-10121-X
ISBN 13: 9780596101213
Pages: 678
The Unicode Standard,
Version 5.0
Addison-Wesley Professional, ISBN 0321480910.
Unicode demystifiedA practical programmer's guide to the encoding standard. Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-70052-2
Unicode: A PrimerIDG Books Worldwide, ISBN 0-7645-4625-2.
 
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