How many characters are there?

Here’s what I found.

Photo by Jeremy Zero



Full table:


This short article assumes that by now, every useful/usable/commonly-used character has been encoded and added to the unicode standard.

This is not necessarily the case. In fact, “Unicode standard doesn’t freeze, it continues to evolve.”²


Character (computing): In computer and machine-based telecommunications terminology, a character is a unit of information that roughly corresponds to a grapheme, grapheme-like unit, or symbol, such as in an alphabet or syllabary in the written form of a natural language.³

Unicode is an information technology standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems.



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Aaron A.

a reformed lawyer turned software engineer, in love with the internet.