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by Michael Redford, Information Developer, SAP AG January 15, 2002
SAP Professional Journal – 
Unicode is an international character-encoding scheme that is used by modern standards such as HTML and XML, and in programming languages such as Java and ABAP 6.10, to enable global, multilingual Internet data communication and systems integration. This article will help managers, administrators, and developers assess whether the newer SAP Unicode systems fit their specific requirements, how these Unicode systems might offer key systems integration advantages, how a Unicode SAP system can be integrated into an existing landscape, and the key considerations when preparing to install a Unicode system from SAP.

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by Michael Redford, Information Developer, SAP AG September 15, 2001
SAP Professional Journal – 
As Internet access spreads, costs decrease, and the online population extends to all corners of the globe, additional demands will be placed on developers, who have to consider language issues when they write programs, on system administrators, who have to maintain larger, global networks, and also on managers, who have to stay on top of increasingly far-flung business operations. This article, the first in a two-part series, provides a general introduction to character code pages, and presents two internationalization solutions that SAP currently offers: blended code pages and Multi-Display/Multi-Processing (MDMP) code pages. Code pages are only one aspect of internationalization, but they are the most critical because it is crucial that users be able to see, enter, and print all of the characters used in their language.