Tom Scott

Why You Can Tweet More In Japanese: What Counts As A Character?

http://tomscott.com/ – @tomscott – Twitter was set up to support 140 characters. And in the English alphabet, that’s easy to understand: a character is a letter, number, space or punctuation mark. People more or less agree with computers there. And if it was twenty years ago, that’s exactly how the system would work. That far, no further.

But now, we have Unicode.

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