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Low Surrogates

U+DC00 – U+DFFF   (56320–57343)

Surrogate characters are intended to allow mapping of additional character planes into the 16-bit Unicode system, thus allowing more than 65,536 characters to be represented. The individual surrogate code points do not represent characters; they are intended to be used in pairs, a high code point followed by a low code point, to stand in for a character in one of the supplementary planes. Their use is restricted to UTF-16. They can be used for characters in Linear B Syllabary and higher-numbered ranges.

56320DC00<Low Surrogate, First>
57343DFFF<Low Surrogate, Last>

Copyright © 1999–2005 Alan Wood

The hexadecimal numbers and the character names in the above table are taken from the Unicode 3.0 Character Database, Copyright © 1991–1999 Unicode, Inc., as contained in UnicodeData-Latest.txt on the Unicode ftp site ( in October 1999.

Created 3rd February 1999   Last updated 1st April 2005

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