"Andrei Zmievski is one of the leading developers of the PHP
programming language. Since March 2005, he has been working with
about 20 other developers to add Unicode support to version 6.0 of
PHP. Now their efforts are nearing an alpha release.
"Unicode is an effort to map the characters of all human
languages for use with computers. Version 5.0 of Unicode, released
in the fall of 2006, contains nearly 100,000 characters and has the
capacity for about a million. Support for Unicode in software is
well underway, usually via one of the Unicode Transformation
Formats: UTF-8, UTF-16, or UTF-32..."