I wonder if this is even the right place to ask this question but I couldn't figure another place so here I am. What is the difference between these two characters? If none, then why are there two different unicode code points?

  • I tagged this as 'font' even though technically this is not related to fonts and I didn't want to (probably couldn't if I wanted) create a new tag. – 0fnt Sep 23 '16 at 7:54
  • The former is from CJK Unified Ideographs and the latter CJK Compatibility Ideographs. But I have no idea about the details. – ElpieKay Sep 23 '16 at 8:08

the wiki page explains the situation:


briefly, u+f900 - u+faff is reserved for duplicated characters from south, north korea, taiwan, & japan, slowly for backward compatibility.

fyi, there's another ⼥ (u+2f25), this one is for representing the radical ⼥ only. for normal text usage, the 女 (u+5973) should be used.

have fun :)

  • Apparently there are all these points: 20A30,216AC,6C5D,F981 – user3306356 Sep 23 '16 at 13:43
  • my computer could not display u+20a30, nor u+216ac. code point u+6c5d is 汝, which is another character. – 水巷孑蠻 Sep 23 '16 at 13:52

Indeed, this should be a stackoverflow question.

Unicode are mean to put all the world language into a single coding page, it has no intention to unified different language character. Maintaining individual language in different codepage help solve some old encoding-decoding issues.

In fact, there is more repeated unicode character than you can imagine, it is part of language Homoglyph. For example, a latin "o" , greek "o" and cyrillic "o" looks similar but use their own codepage.

  • Not StackOverflow, Super User is more suitable. StackOverflow is only for programming, not for users trying to use/configure/manage/learn their computing environment. – busukxuan Sep 25 '16 at 5:31

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