Odd encoding convergence

May 5, 2008

In December 2007, Unicode (UTF-8 specifically, according to the chart), US ASCII, and Western European encodings all converged in popularity, with each claiming about a quarter of the web. About half of the remaining quarter was in Chinese and Japanese encodings, with the last eighth unspecified. The Western European encodings appear to be gently fading away from a peak in 2006, and ASCII continues on a precipitous descent from the days of the ASCII-only web (and everything else.) Unicode is chugging away, roughly doubling its share every year.

Source: Official Google Blog: Moving to Unicode 5.1

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