Unicode Characters and Alternative Glyphs

Unicode defines thousands of characters. Some “characters” are surprising, and others are obvious. When I look at the Unicode standard and consider the lengthy debates that occur when deciding upon whether a character should be included, I can imagine the discussion and rationalization that occurs. Deciding on including a character can be difficult. One of… Read More »

Standard Charsets in Java 7

Once in a while I poke my nose through the release notes of new Java releases. It’s not a particularly rewarding activity, but this time I did find something interesting. Oddly enough, it was interesting for what it did NOT say. I was surprised, so I thought you might want to know about a new… Read More »

iOS vs Android

Yesterday someone told me that Google’s Android devices have shipped more units than iOS devices in Q3 and Q4 of 2012 — I will check and recheck my source on this. That’s a big claim, but seems plausible considering that Android ships on a lot more than your basic tablets. Android is in a lot… Read More »

Still Can’t Use Apostrophes? Really?

Answer this for me. Why in the world are we still preventing very common characters from name fields in online forms, in bank account applications, in insurance forms…tax returns? Why?  In 2012, many companies have adopted Unicode in their backend databases. But what’s wrong with their development teams that prevent them from allowing customers to… Read More »

In Memory of Bill Hall

I met Bill Hall sometime in 1993 or 1994 when we both worked at Novell. He was already a well-known software engineer, consultant, and internationalization guru. As a recently minted college graduate, I adopted Bill as my mentor. Like many mentors, Bill probably never knew this. And yet, he mentored me for more than 16… Read More »

Reactions as Another Aspect of Social Media

One of the new trends in making web content more social is the recording of reader impressions or reactions. For example, I just read an article about Father’s Day and the article included a poll that allowed me to quickly provide my response or impression of the content. The poll wasn’t a questionnaire that I’d never… Read More »

Internationalization & Unicode Conference 36 Call for Papers

The IUC 36 call for papers went out last week — http://www.unicodeconference.org/e/IUC36-CfP-03-29-12.htm
This conference event brings together the best minds, ideas, and practices in the worlds of internationalization and localization, There’s content sessions to please everyone including technical engineers, project managers, and product managers.

Unicode 6.1 Released

The Unicode Consortium announced the release of Unicode 6.1.0 yesterday. The new version adds characters for additional languages in China, other Asian countries and Africa. This version of the standard introduces 732 new characters. In addition, the standard also added “labels” for character properties that will supposedly help implementers create better regular expressions that are… Read More »