I Know It When I See It: The Challenge of Character Encoding
Richard Gillam, Senior Software Developer, Language Analysis Systems, Inc., USA

Intended Audience: All

Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Unicode seems unique in its power to inspire national passions. Its nature as a universal character encoding that attempts to provide ways of representing all the world's written materials, and language's role at the center of personal and national identity make Unicode a lightning rod for controversy. This talk takes an in-depth look at the process of character encodings: how things get into Unicode, how decisions get made about the future of Unicode, the ways in which the future of Unicode is constrained by its past, and how you can influence the process.