This panel discussion brings together current and potential users of Unicode-compliant products to talk about their technical requirements and how Unicode fits into those requirements. The panel will include representatives from users of Unicode and consumers of Unicode products, including the U.S. government. Members of other government organizations (e.g., the European Community) and commercial organizations will also be invited to participate.

The participants will talk about what they perceive as the current potential and limitations of Unicode, and what-if anything-they would like to see changed. They will also talk about vendor implementation of Unicode in as far as different implementations affect the ability of users to achieve their mission objectives. Efforts will be made to see if requirements can be consolidated or otherwise better communicated to the vendor and software development community. One idea which will be explored is whether it would be worthwhile to have a Unicode Users Group, and to have that group establish a third-party validation of Unicode compliance, such as with a logo program.

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