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16-bit Unicode

16-bit Unicode or Unicode Transformation Format (UTF-16) is a method of encoding character data, capable of encoding 1,112,064 possible characters in Unicode.

UTF-16 encodes characters into specific binary sequences using one or two 16-bit sequences. There are three different encoding schemes around the basic 16-bit sequence model. This is because there are three different encoding schemes to map code points to 8-bit or octet sequences.