Edward Trager
Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Medical Center

Ed Trager is a bioinformatics programmer at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. He is the author of Madeline (http://eyegene.ophthy.med.umich.edu/madeline-0.935/), a program used by researchers conducting "gene scan" linkage studies to search for genes responsible for inherited human diseases, and the lead architect of Gladiator (http://eyegene.ophthy.med.umich.edu/#gladiator, http://eyegene.ophthy.med.umich.edu/people/EdTrager/documents/PHPQuebec2004GladiatorPresentation.pdf), a web-based clinical and genetics data entry system for use in research hospitals.

In addition to his interests in bioinformatics, Ed has always been keenly interested in languages. He has spent years in Asia where he studied Chinese and Thai. Ed's computational and linguistic pursuits, not surprisingly, have provided fertile ground in which his interest in Unicode and software internationalization has sprouted (like a weed!).

He wrote and maintains the web-based guide, "A Quick Primer On Unicode and Software Internationalization Under Linux and UNIX" (http://eyegene.ophthy.med.umich.edu/unicode/), to which he recently added the resource, "Unicode Font Guide For Free/Libre Open Source Operating Systems" (>).

In March of 2004, Ed presented a talk at the PHP Quebec conference on using Open Standards and Open Source software to create a clinical research data system (http://eyegene.ophthy.med.umich.edu/unicode/fontguide/) in which he managed to slip in five slides devoted to Unicode and UTF-8 ;-).