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Combining Class (Unicode)
Last updated at 8:08 am UTC on 12 December 2015
From The Unicode Standard, p135

Each character in the Unicode Standard has a combining class associated with it.

The combining class is a numerical value used by
the Canonical Ordering Algorithm
to determine which sequences of combining marks are to be considered canonically equivalent and which are not.

Possible values for the combining class property.

Definition D104

Combining class: A numeric value in the range 0..254 given to each
Unicode code point, formally defined as the property Canonical_Combining_Class.

See also