Support for Unicode.

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Unicode is not fully supported in IMDb. For example, in Polish: you could change all references by searching “milosc” and then changing them to “miłość”. And Jiří Hnídek is written without an r-hacek on the start of their first name. It can also do the same for the ILM person Coşku Özdemır which is an Turkish person listed on Cinefex.
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This has been mentioned many times over the past few years. A bit of history may help here.

When IMDb first started, it was updated by an automated email system. This was at a time when some of the email routers still only handled 7-bit ASCII and special encoding was needed to ensure that 8-bit codes would not be trashed. Moreover, some characters (e.g. | the 'pipe') were used internally (and in the email) as controls/delimiters. This is why you may sometimes see older contributors indicate a credit update as :

John Doe | 2nd Pirate | 22

By the time Unicode became standard, the system had grown quite complex. Before Unicode can be implemented, every part of the system needs to be checked and potentially modified to ensure that it will not be broken by any of the Unicode codes.

IMDb is currently in the process of moving the various lists (sections) to new internal systems. I hope and expect that they are designing these systems so that they will be able to support Unicode.

Once the moves have been completed, we may see support for Unicode, but don't expect it any time soon.
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When the time comes, please don't forget Georgian language characters to be in the supported characters list.
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There's a Unicode block for Georgian characters, so they will be supported automatically. Whether or not the characters display properly in browsers will depend on whether people have a font installed locally.... but presumably those who are interested in Georgian characters will!
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When will Unicode be fully supported in text fields in IMDB? If this website is really Internet Movie DataBase, it's supposed to support non-English languages, and how come in 2019 your website doesn't support unicode, it's a shame.