Supplementary Ideographic Plane
<text, standard> (SIP) The third plane (plane 2) defined in Unicode
, designed to hold all the ideographs descended from Chinese writing (mainly found in Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese) that aren't found in the Basic Multilingual Plane
The BMP was supposed to hold all ideographs in modern use; unfortunately, many Chinese dialects (like Cantonese and Hong Kong Chinese) were overlooked; to write these, characters from the SIP are necessary.
This is one reason even non-academic software must support characters outside the BMP.
Unicode home (http://www.unicode.org).