The Dao of Unihan
John Jenkins, Senior Software Engineer, Apple Computer, Inc., USA

Intended Audience: Software Engineers, Font Designers, Managers, Marketers

Session Level: Beginner

Over half of the characters in the Unicode Standard are ideographs. This ideographic repertoire, termed Unihan, is intended to provide complete coverage for all the characters in current or past use in all varieties of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

In this talk, we will give an overview of the structure of the current repertoire of Unihan and its organization. We will discuss some practical implementation issues and how to deal with them.

We will also provide an overview of the Unihan database. This is a large body of normative and informative data which is maintained by the Unicode Consortium and included among the data files which are a part of each release of the standard. We will discuss the nature of the data in the database and how it can be used.