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Myanmar's great tech switch is chance to become part of world's web

Using global standard Unicode font opens up internet in growing market

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

On October 1, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi officially launched one of the biggest technological changes in the country's history: its computers and websites would start using Unicode, a kind of universal script containing characters from most of the world's written languages.

After all, Myanmar was the only country in the world yet to officially adopt Unicode. Without it, local users' ability to read the rest of the world's Unicode-based digital content -- from Google searches to Wikipedia -- is hindered. In her speech, Suu Kyi called for Myanmar to catch up to its neighbor Cambodia, which had already embraced Unicode as early as 2010.

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