last call: Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0: Fundamentals
the W3C has released a "last call" on the working draft "Character Model for the World Wide Web 1.0: Fundamentals", next stop for this doc is "Recommendation". this "Architectural Specification" provides a "common reference for interoperable text manipulation on the World Wide Web" and of course recommends the use of Unicode. while it is a "work in progress" it's chock full of good information regarding chars, char encodings, collation, etc. worthwhile reading.