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Unicode Explained

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Unicode Explained

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Unicode Explained byjukka K. Korpela ISBN: 0-596-10121-x Published: 2006 Pages: 658 pp.; softcover Price: $59.99

Available from: O'Reilly Media, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472; 800/998-9938; www.oreilly.com

Unicode is the attempt to turn every significant character from every language in the world into a standardized number that can be recognized by any computer. It simplifies the representation of a character on a Web page or in any digital file so that anyone with a computer that understands Unicode will see the correct character. We've all seen Web pages with garbled characters. Try looking at a Chinese Web site; the unique characters, such as umlauts, tildes, accents, and cedillas, on a German, Danish, French, or Spanish Web site; or other languages with special orthography. Every language has unique characterssome more than others-but Unicode is the standard way to represent them.

This book is very clearly written by a consultant who specializes in character codes, usability, and accessibility. For most of us, the book goes way beyond what we need to know about Unicode, but that is OK. …

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