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An inter­na­tional stan­dard, which lays down a dig­ital code for all mean­ingful char­ac­ters or text ele­ments of all known written cul­tures and char­acter sys­tems for the long term. The pur­pose is to do away with dif­ferent and incom­pat­ible cod­ings in dif­ferent coun­tries or cul­tural areas, Uni­code is con­tin­u­ously com­ple­mented by addi­tional scripts.