SUPPLEMENTARY IDEOGRAPHIC PLANE
\sˌʌplɪmˈɛntəɹi ˌɪdɪəɡɹˈafɪk plˈe͡ɪn], \sˌʌplɪmˈɛntəɹi ˌɪdɪəɡɹˈafɪk plˈeɪn], \s_ˌʌ_p_l_ɪ_m_ˈɛ_n_t_ə_ɹ_i_ ˌɪ_d_ɪ__ə_ɡ_ɹ_ˈa_f_ɪ_k p_l_ˈeɪ_n]\
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(SIP) The third plane (plane 2) defined inUnicode/ISO 10646, designed to hold all the ideographsdescended from Chinese writing (mainly found in Vietnamese,Korean, Japanese and Chinese) that aren't found in the BasicMultilingual Plane. The BMP was supposed to hold allideographs in modern use; unfortunately, many Chinese dialects(like Cantonese and Hong Kong Chinese) were overlooked; towrite these, characters from the SIP are necessary. This isone reason even non-academic software must support charactersoutside the BMP.Unicode home (http://unicode.org).
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