to ISO 10646 Standard
The Government has submitted HKSCS to the Ideograph Rapporteur Group
(IRG), a working group under ISO, for inclusion in the ISO 10646
international coding standard. The current version of the ISO 10646
standard contains 4,783 of the 4,818 characters in the HKSCS-2001
version. The remaining 35 special symbols and character radicals
are placed in the Private User-defined Area (PUA) of the ISO 10646
standard. They will be considered by the ISO for inclusion in future
releases of the ISO 10646 standard.
The ISO 10646 standard is widely adopted by popular operating systems,
database software, office automation (OA) suites, web browsers,
e-mail clients and input devices. With the HKSCS-2001 included in
the future releases of ISO 10646 standard, users of popular computer
products, which adopt the ISO 10646 standard, will be able to use
Chinese characters contained in the HKSCS-2001.