Because of the complexity of the Unicode collation algorithm, and because of the incredible breadth of language and country support envisaged by Unicode, FairCom has chosen to implement Unicode key segments using the International Components for Unicode (ICU) open-source development project. The ICU implementation of Unicode support is available on a wide variety of platforms, but not every platform.
As this library is maintained by a third-party, FairCom does not include it with a FairCom DB distribution. A FairCom DB application developer who wishes to include Unicode support will need to download and install the libraries in accordance with the ICU license stipulations.
Unicode is the single, universal character set for text which enables the interchange, processing, storage and display of text in many languages.
The International Components for Unicode (ICU) are a mature, widely used set of C/C++ and Java libraries providing Unicode and Globalization support for software applications. ICU is widely portable and gives applications the same results on all platforms and between C/C++ and Java software.
Complete details on the ICU can be found on the ICU Unicode website.
ICU is released under a nonrestrictive open source license that is suitable for use with both commercial software and with other open source or free software. To the extent required by the licenses accompanying the ICU libraries, the terms of such license will apply in lieu of the terms of any agreement with FairCom with respect to the open source software including, without limitation, any provisions governing access to source code, modification or reverse engineering. FairCom makes no representation, warranty or other commitment of any kind regarding such open source software, offers no technical support for such open source software and shall, to the maximum extent permitted by law, have no liability associated with its use.