Unicode Character Database
UNICODE 2.1 CHARACTER DATABASE
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The Unicode Character Database defines the default Unicode character
properties, and internal mappings. Particular implementations may choose to
override the properties and mappings that are not normative. If that is done,
it is up to the implementer to establish a protocol to convey that
information. For more information about character properties and mappings,
see "The Unicode Standard, Worldwide Character Encoding, Version 2.0",
published by Addison-Wesley. For information about other data files
accompanying the Unicode Character Database, see the section of the
Unicode Standard they were extracted from, or the explanatory readme
files and/or header sections with those files.
The Unicode Character Database has been updated to reflect Version 2.1
of the Unicode Standard, with two additional characters added to those
published in Version 2.0:
U+20AC EURO SIGN
U+FFFC OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER
A number of corrections have also been made to case mappings or other
errors in the database noted since the publication of Version 2.0. And
a few normative bidirectional properties have been modified to reflect
decisions of the Unicode Technical Committee.
The Unicode Character Database is a plain ASCII text file consisting of lines
containing fields terminated by semicolons. Each line represents the data for
one encoded character in the Unicode Standard, Version 2.1. Every encoded
character has a data entry, with the exception of certain special ranges, as
There are five special ranges of characters that are represented only by
their start and end characters, since the properties in the file are uniform,
except for code values (which are all sequential and assigned). The names of CJK
ideograph characters and Hangul syllable characters are algorithmically
derivable. (See the Unicode Standard for more information). Surrogate
characters and private use characters have no names.
The exact ranges represented by start and end characters are:
The CJK Ideographs Area (U+4E00 - U+9FFF)
The Hangul Syllables Area (U+AC00 - U+D7A3)
The Surrogates Area (U+D800 - U+DFFF)
The Private Use Area (U+E000 - U+F8FF)
CJK Compatibility Ideographs (U+F900 - U+FAFF)
The following table describes the format and meaning of each field in a
data entry in the Unicode Character Database. Fields which contain
normative information are so indicated.
0 Code value in 4-digit hexadecimal format.
This field is normative.
1 Unicode 2.1 Character Name. These names match exactly the
names published in Chapter 7 of the Unicode Standard, Version
2.0, except for the two additional characters.
This field is normative.
2 General Category. This is a useful breakdown into various "character
types" which can be used as a default categorization in implementations.
Some of the values are normative, and some are informative.
See below for a brief explanation.
3 Canonical Combining Classes. The classes used for the
Canonical Ordering Algorithm in the Unicode Standard. These
classes are also printed in Chapter 4 of the Unicode Standard.
This field is normative. See below for a brief explanation.
4 Bidirectional Category. See the list below for an explanation of the
abbreviations used in this field. These are the categories required
by the Bidirectional Behavior Algorithm in the Unicode Standard.
These categories are summarized in Chapter 4 of the Unicode Standard.
This field is normative.
5 Character Decomposition. In the Unicode Standard, not all of
the decompositions are full decompositions. Recursive
application of look-up for decompositions will, in all cases, lead to
a maximal decomposition. The decompositions match exactly the
decompositions published with the character names in Chapter 7
of the Unicode Standard. This field is normative.
6 Decimal digit value. This is a numeric field. If the character
has the decimal digit property, as specified in Chapter 4 of
the Unicode Standard, the value of that digit is represented
with an integer value in this field. This field is normative.
7 Digit value. This is a numeric field. If the character represents a
digit, not necessarily a decimal digit, the value is here. This
covers digits which do not form decimal radix forms, such as the
compatibility superscript digits. This field is informative.
8 Numeric value. This is a numeric field. If the character has the
numeric property, as specified in Chapter 4 of the Unicode
Standard, the value of that character is represented with an
integer or rational number in this field. This includes fractions as,
e.g., "1/5" for U+2155 VULGAR FRACTION ONE FIFTH.
Also included are numerical values for compatibility characters
such as circled numbers. This field is normative.
9 If the characters has been identified as a "mirrored" character in
bidirectional text, this field has the value "Y"; otherwise "N".
The list of mirrored characters is also printed in Chapter 4 of
the Unicode Standard. This field is normative.
10 Unicode 1.0 Name. This is the old name as published in Unicode 1.0.
This name is only provided when it is significantly different from
the Unicode 2.1 name for the character. This field is informative.
11 10646 Comment field. This field is informative.
12 Upper case equivalent mapping. If a character is part of an
alphabet with case distinctions, and has an upper case equivalent,
then the upper case equivalent is in this field. See the explanation
below on case distinctions. These mappings are always one-to-one,
not one-to-many or many-to-one. This field is informative.
13 Lower case equivalent mapping. Similar to 12. This field is informative.
14 Title case equivalent mapping. Similar to 12. This field is informative.
The values in this field are abbreviations for the following. Some of the
values are normative, and some are informative. For more information, see
the Unicode Standard. Note: the standard does not assign information to
control characters (except for TAB in the Bidirectonal Algorithm).
Implementations will generally also assign categories to certain control
characters, notably CR and LF, according to platform conventions.
Mn = Mark, Non-Spacing
Mc = Mark, Spacing Combining
Me = Mark, Enclosing
Nd = Number, Decimal Digit
Nl = Number, Letter
No = Number, Other
Zs = Separator, Space
Zl = Separator, Line
Zp = Separator, Paragraph
Cc = Other, Control
Cf = Other, Format
Cs = Other, Surrogate
Co = Other, Private Use
Cn = Other, Not Assigned
Lu = Letter, Uppercase
Ll = Letter, Lowercase
Lt = Letter, Titlecase
Lm = Letter, Modifier
Lo = Letter, Other
Pc = Punctuation, Connector
Pd = Punctuation, Dash
Ps = Punctuation, Open
Pe = Punctuation, Close
Po = Punctuation, Other
Sm = Symbol, Math
Sc = Symbol, Currency
Sk = Symbol, Modifier
So = Symbol, Other
Please refer to the Unicode Standard for an explanation of the algorithm for
Bidirectional Behavior and an explanation of the sigificance of these categories.
These values are normative.
L Left-Right; Most alphabetic, syllabic, and logographic
characters (e.g., CJK ideographs)
R Right-Left; Arabic, Hebrew, and
punctuation specific to those scripts
EN European Number
ES European Number Separator
ET European Number Terminator
AN Arabic Number
CS Common Number Separator
B Block Separator
S Segment Separator
ON Other Neutrals ; All other characters: punctuation, symbols
CHARACTER DECOMPOSITION TAGS
The decomposition is a normative property of a character. The tags supplied
with certain decompositions generally indicate formatting information.
Where no such tag is given, the decomposition is designated as canonical.
Conversely, the presence of a formatting tag also indicates
that the decomposition is a compatibility decomposition and not a canonical
decomposition. In the absence of other formatting information in a
compatibility decomposition, the tag is used to distinguish it from
In some instances a canonical decomposition or a compatibility decomposition
may consist of a single character. For a canonical decomposition, this
indicates that the character is a canonical equivalent of another single
character. For a compatibility decomposition, this indicates that the
character is a compatibility equivalent of another single character.
The compatibility formatting tags used are:
A font variant (e.g. a blackletter form).
A no-break version of a space or hyphen.
An initial presentation form (Arabic).
A medial presentation form (Arabic).
A final presentation form (Arabic).
An isolated presentation form (Arabic).
An encircled form.
A superscript form.
A subscript form.
A vertical layout presentation form.
A wide (or zenkaku) compatibility character.
A narrow (or hankaku) compatibility character.
A small variant form (CNS compatibility).
A CJK squared font variant.
A vulgar fraction form.
Otherwise unspecified compatibility character.
CANONICAL COMBINING CLASSES
0: Spacing, enclosing, reordrant, and surrounding
1: Overlays and interior
6: Tibetan subjoined Letters
8: Hiragana/Katakana voiced marks
10: Start of fixed position classes
199: End of fixed position classes
200: Below left attached
202: Below attached
204: Below right attached
208: Left attached (reordrant around single base character)
210: Right attached
212: Above left attached
214: Above attached
216: Above right attached
218: Below left
222: Below right
224: Left (reordrant around single base character)
228: Above left
232: Above right
234: Double above
Note: some of the combining classes in this list do not currently have
members but are specified here for completeness.
In addition to uppercase and lowercase, because of the inclusion of certain
composite characters for compatibility, such as "01F1;LATIN CAPITAL LETTER
DZ", there is a third case, called titlecase, which is used where the first
character of a word is to be capitalized (e.g. UPPERCASE, Titlecase,
lowercase). An example of such a character is "01F2;LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D
WITH SMALL LETTER Z".
The uppercase, titlecase and lowercase fields are only included for characters
that have a single corresponding character of that type. Composite characters
(such as "339D;SQUARE CM") that do not have a single corresponding character
of that type can be cased by decomposition.
The case mapping is an informative, default mapping. Certain languages, such
as Turkish, German, French, or Greek may have small deviations from the
default mappings listed in the Unicode Character Database.
Modifications made in updating the Unicode Character Database for
the Unicode Standard, Version 2.1 (from Version 2.0) are:
* Added two characters (U+20AC and U+FFFC).
* Amended bidi properties for U+0026, U+002E, U+0040, U+2007.
* Corrected case mappings for U+018E, U+019F, U+01DD, U+0258, U+0275,
* Changed combining order class for U+0F71.
* Corrected canonical decompositions for U+0F73, U+1FBE.
* Changed decomposition for U+FB1F from compatibility to canonical.
* Added compatibility decompositions for U+FBE8, U+FBE9, U+FBF9..U+FBFB.
* Corrected compatibility decompositions for U+2469, U+246A, U+3358.
Some of the modifications made in updating the Unicode Character Database
for the Unicode Standard, Version 2.0 are:
* Fixed decompositions with TONOS to use correct NSM: 030D.
* Removed old Hangul Syllables; mapping to new characters are in a separate table.
* Marked compability decompositions with additional tags.
* Changed old tag names for clarity.
decomposition.* Revision of decompositions to use first-level decomposition, instead of maximal
* Correction of all known errors in decompositions from earlier versions.
* Added control code names (as old Unicode names).
* Added Hangul Jamo decompositions.
* Added Number category to match properties list in book.
* Fixed categories of Koranic Arabic marks.
* Fixed categories of precomposed characters to match decomposition where possible.
* Added Hebrew cantillation marks and the Tibetan script.
Area.* Added place holders for ranges such as CJK Ideographic Area and the Private Use
* Added categories Me, Sk, Pc, Nl, Cs, Cf, and rectified a number of mistakes in the database.