Over the years, Unicode has been touted as The New ASCII -- a simple replacement for the cacophony of code sets and encoding methods most software supports. But expectations and reality often are two different things. This paper explores some of Compaq's experiences with Unicode, and the sometimes-surprising ways in which Unicode has exceeded expectations or has not lived up to them. It also describes actions that could change current limitations to future successes.
Among the topics to be explored are:
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