What is Unicode?
“Computers store letters and othercharacters by assigning a number for each
provides a unique number forevery character, no matter what the platform,no matter what the program, no matter what
The old standard code pages have thefollowing disadvantages:
They cover only a subset of all
Different codepages haveincompatibilities between each other.
Data exchange is restricted between
There are simply too many code pages.
Unicode has the capability to support all thelanguages in the worldin one code page! Itsupports 65,000 characters and has room tosupport an additional 1 million characters.
Why should I adoptUnicode?
you like it or not
is here tostay and you will be
because of following reasons and situations:
ECC6 (NW70) and after, newinstallations will
be possible with
.If your company is supporting multipleregions of the world, in most probabilityyou might be using MDMP in your SAP
MDMP systems deploy morethan one system code page on theapplication server. This has the flaw thatthe data would become corrupt if a userlogs onto one language and tries to
with data in another language.Multiple Display/Multiple Processing(MDMP) support is dropped by SAP
starting with NW2004s
.Many companies are adopting ServiceOriented Architecture standardsproviding Web Services to enable globalinteroperability. These standards require
.SAP provides full
supportstarting from Web Application Server(Web AS) 6.20. Current releases of
eaver and mySAP Business Suite
Unicode is mandatory for SAP systems
deploying Java applications.