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why java is using unicode characters?

 
ashley kumar
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Why java is using Unicode characters?
What are the advantages or significance in using it?
Please explain me.
 
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Because 8-bit characters can only distinguish 256 characters -- not enough to represent all the alphabets used on Earth.

Here is a nice primer on Unicode and internationalization by Joel Spolsky.
 
ashley kumar
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Thanks a lot for your explanation
 
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