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Unicode Explained


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Preface Part I. 1.Characters as Data Introduction to Characters and Unicode What 's in a Character? Variation of Writing Systems Glyphs and Fonts Definitions of Character Repertoires Numbering Characters Encoding Characters as Octet Sequences Working with Encodings Working with Fonts Summaries 2.Writing Characters Method Varieties Keyboard Variation and Settings Virtual Keyboards Program Commands Character Maps Replacements on the Fly Special Techniques Escape Sequences Specialized Editors Exercise 3.Character Sets and Encodings Good Old ASCII ISO 8859 Codes Windows Latin 1 and Other Windows Codes Other 8-bit Codes Unicode and UTF-8 Encodings for East Asian Languages Converters and Transcoding Using Character Codes Part II. 4.The Structure of Unicode Design Principles Versions of Unicode Coding Space Unicode Terms Guide to the Unicode Standard Unicode and Fonts Criticism of Unicode Questions and Answers 5.Properties of Characters Character Classification An Overview of Properties Compositions and Decompositions Normalization Case Properties Collation and Sorting Text Boundaries Directionality Line Breaking Properties Unicode Conformance Requirements Effects on Choosing Characters 6.Unicode Encodings Unicode Encodings in General UTF-32 and UCS-4 UTF-16 and UCS-2 UTF-8 Byte Order Conversions Between Unicode Encodings Other Encodings Auto-Detecting the Encoding Choosing an Encoding Part III. 7.Characters and Languages Writing Systems and IT Character Requirements of Languages Transliteration and Transcription Language Metadata Languages and Fonts 8.Character Usage Basics of Character Usage ASCII (Basic Latin) Latin-1 Supplement (ISO 8859-1) Other Latin Letters Other European Alphabetic Scripts Diacritic Marks Letterlike Symbols General Punctuation Line Structure Control Mathematical and Technical Symbols Other Blocks 9.The Character Level and Above Levels of Text Representation and Processing Characters and Markup Media Types for Text 10.Characters in Internet Protocols Information about Encoding Characters in MIME Content Negotiation and Multilingual Sites Characters in Protocol Headers Characters in Domain Names and URLs 11.Characters in Programming Characters in Computer Languages Character and String Data The Preparedness Principle Character Input and Output Processing Form Data Identifiers,Patterns,and Regular Expressions International Components for Unicode (ICU) Using Locales A.Tables for Writing Characters Index

About the Author

Jukka Korpela is a consultant who specializes in character codes, localization, orthography, usability, and accessibility. After graduating from Helsinki University of Technology, he taught these subjects in the university's Computer Science department and worked on localization and accessibility issues at TIEKE before becoming a full-time author and consultant. His previous books on CSS and XHTML were published in Finland by Docendo press.

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