Unicode : was call for tutorial topics

Marian Petrides mpetrides at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 9 09:28:57 CDT 2004


FWIW, not knowing anything about Unicode and having gotten my curiosity 
tweaked by these postings, I was able to google Unicode and find 
information about what it is and why one might want to use it.

Might it suffice to refer people who want more background info on 
Unicode to  www.unicode.org?

M
On Jul 9, 2004, at 3:39 AM, Jeanne A. E. DeVoto wrote:

> At 2:02 AM -0400 7/9/2004, Elizabeth Dalton wrote:
>> Another tutorial I think would be helpful (though I don't know how 
>> many people would use it) would be one on handling Unicode and other 
>> multibyte formats. Areas would include entering Unicode/multi-byte 
>> text into fields, copying values between fields and other controls, 
>> setting labels to Unicode/multi-byte text values, and reading and 
>> writing to files with Unicode content.
>>
>> The existing documentation entries are not very helpful -- they give 
>> the commands, but don't explain which ones you would want to use and 
>> why. Searching this list
>
> I guess I'm not sure what additional information you're looking for. 
> The documentation entries regarding Unicode are short and don't 
> explain the Unicode philosophy, but I'm not sure that's called for at 
> this level.
>
> For example, "How to enter or display Unicode text in a field" just 
> explains how to do it manually or in a script - not why you would want 
> to use double-byte text in the first place. Similarly, "How to import 
> a Unicode text file" doesn't talk about, for instance, why an app 
> might store data as Unicode. But I don't know how reasonable that kind 
> of in-depth information is for a product that after all is not 
> primarily a Unicode tool.
> -- 
> jeanne a. e. devoto ~ jaed at jaedworks.com
> http://www.jaedworks.com
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