Target Audience: Manager, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Marketer

Level of Session: Beginner

Over the years, Unicode as 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 into future successes.

Among the topics to be explored are:

* Unicode and interoperability in Compaq's Operating Systems (OS's) and other layered products.
* One code set or just another code set? Unicode can simplify processing, but customers sometimes have other ideas.
* Unifying character properties via Unicode.
* Remaining issues. One Unicode or many?

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