Overview#ISO 10646 defines Universal Coded Character Set (UCS) (AKA Unicode) and can be found at ISO Publicly Available Standards
ISO 10646is applicable to the representation, transmission, interchange, processing, storage, input and presentation of the written form of the languages of the world as well as additional symbols.
By defining a consistent way of encoding multilingual text it enables the exchange of data internationally. The Information Technology industry gains data stability, greater global interoperability and data interchange. This International Standard has been widely adopted in new Internet protocols and implemented in modern Operating Systems and computer languages.