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Unicode Demystified by Richard Gillam

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Transliteration

Finally, there's transliteration.[7] This term generally refers to taking a piece of text written using some writing system and converting it to another writing system. It isn't the same as translation, which involves converting the text to a different language and changing the words. When text is transliterated, the words (and the language) stay the same; they're just written with different characters.

[7] Most of the material in this section is drawn from Mark Davis and Alan Liu, “Transliteration in ICU,” Proceedings of the 19th International Unicode Conference, session B14, April 27, 2001, and can also be found at http://www.macchiato.com.

In computer text-processing circles, the word “transliteration” is used in a broader sense ...

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