What Is Microsoft Word?

This section provides a quick introduction of Microsoft Word - a document authoring and publishing tool. Microsoft Word can be used to edit Unicode text files with various encodings.

What Is Microsoft Word? Microsoft Word is a document authoring and publishing tool that is included in the Microsoft Office product suite.

Microsoft Word is mainly used to edit documents formatted for printing. But it also be used to open and save Unicode text files in encoded formats.

The version of Microsoft Word on my Windows XP system is Microsoft Office Word 2003 (11.8169.8172) SP3. It supports at least 4 Unicode encodings: Unicode, Unicode (Big-Endian), Unicode (UTF-7) and Unicode (UTF-8).

Here is a screenshot of Microsoft Word:
Word Screenshot

Last update: 2009.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Character Sets and Encodings

 ASCII Character Set and Encoding

 GB2312 Character Set and Encoding

 GB18030 Character Set and Encoding

 JIS X0208 Character Set and Encodings

 Unicode Character Set

 UTF-8 (Unicode Transformation Format - 8-Bit)

 UTF-16, UTF-16BE and UTF-16LE Encodings

 UTF-32, UTF-32BE and UTF-32LE Encodings

 Java Language and Unicode Characters

 Character Encoding in Java

 Character Set Encoding Maps

 Encoding Conversion Programs for Encoded Text Files

 Using Notepad as a Unicode Text Editor

Using Microsoft Word as a Unicode Text Editor

What Is Microsoft Word?

 Opening UTF-8 Text Files

 Opening UTF-16BE Text Files

 Opening UTF-16LE Text Files

 Saving Files in "Unicode (UTF-8)" Option

 Saving Files in "Unicode (Big-Endian)" Option

 Saving Files in Unicode Option

 Supported Save and Open File Formats

 Using Microsoft Excel as a Unicode Text Editor

 Unicode Fonts

 Unicode Code Point Blocks - Code Charts

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version