# Is a single Zalgo character considered a single character?

I saw this question recently, and I was wondering the title of my question. Essentially is stuff like this:

H̠̹͖

A single character in reference to questions that count characters? If so, I could theoretically create a language that does any challenge in a single "character" by programming it in the zalgo areas of the character.

• I assume it's cases like this which motivated the community to score by bytes rather than by characters. – Alex A. Dec 21 '15 at 2:07
• @AlexA. I think it's because UTF-8 can encode 4,294,967,296 characters, and golfing langauges would use all of them. – Dennis Dec 21 '15 at 2:24
• @AlexA., I think it's more Sclipting, which was seen as deliberately abusing the previous tendency to score by characters. – Peter Taylor Dec 21 '15 at 8:40
• The safest way to count characters is to use Twitter, because they implement the most advanced Unicode compliant character count algorithm. (btw, Twitter also counts the above as 4 chars). More info: dev.twitter.com/overview/api/counting-characters – mınxomaτ Jan 1 '16 at 19:39

A simple search shows that combining diacritical marks are used. These are all their own character, so H̠̹͖ > 1 char. They use codepoints U+0300 to U+036F. If you have ̃., it has 2 Unicode codepoints -- U+002E and U+0303 -- that is definitely not 1 char.