Working with Unicode

Unicode provides a unique number for every character, independent of the platform and language. Unicode is an internationally recognized standard, adopted by industry leaders. The Unicode is required by modern standards (such as XML, Java, JavaScript, LDAP, CORBA 3.0, WML, etc.) and is the official way to implement ISO/IEC 10646.

It is supported in many operating systems, all modern browsers, and many other products. The emergence of the Unicode Standard, and the availability of tools supporting it, are among the most significant recent global software technology trends. Incorporating Unicode into client-server or multiple tiered applications and websites offers significant cost savings over the use of legacy character sets.

As a modern XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author provides support for the Unicode standard enabling your XML application to be targeted across multiple platforms, languages, and countries without re-engineering. Internally, the Oxygen XML Author uses 16 bit characters covering the Unicode Character set.

As a Java application, Oxygen XML Author includes a default Java input method for typing characters with Unicode codes. However, the default input method does not cover all the Unicode codes (for example, the codes for some accented characters or characters found in East Asian languages). Such characters can be inserted in the editor panel of Oxygen XML Author either with the Character Map dialog box available from menu Edit > Insert from Character Map or by installing a Java input method that supports the insertion of the needed characters. The installation of a Java input method depends on the platform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.) and is the same for any Java application.

Note: Oxygen XML Author may not be able to display characters that are not supported by the operating system (either not installed or unavailable).
Tip: On windows, you can enable the support for CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) languages from Control Panel / Regional and Language Options / Languages / Install files for East Asian languages.