RE: Extending Unicode character viewers

From: Addison Phillips (
Date: Sun Sep 12 1999 - 13:28:51 EDT

Thanks, Bohdan. Charsets is pretty nifty, isn't it?

For those who wish to download it:

There are a few other things of interest there, so check out the readme file
in the same directory.

If you're interested and at WinDev tomorrow (Monday, 13 September), check
out Bill in person... he's giving one of his sessions, which are always fun.



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-----Original Message-----
From: Bohdan Kantor []
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 1999 2:24 PM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Extending Unicode character viewers

After learning the fundamentals in Asmus Freytag's excellent required
"Introducing Unicode®: A Tutorial" at IUC15, I recommend a field trip into
Windows character landscape with Bjondi's Character Agent 1.1 and Bill
Charsets 1.02 viewer. These global nifty utilities deserve some recognition
additional support.

Character Agent provides the options of a panoramic scroll through the
Unicode 2.1 character set or selection of a range from a drop-down character
block list. Type in a Unicode hexadecimal identifier or select a character
from a drop-down list. Voilą! the highlighted character appears along with
Unicode and glyph properties.

For the scholarly and library community needing more in-depth context, try
Hall's Charsets viewer. After selecting a Unicode font, page your way
8-row by 16-column Unicode character blocks. Right mouse click over your
character choice in the block and pull down the menu options selecting
"character properties". Observe the many property types with associated
For example, selecting an individual Han character properties displays the
Unicode hex value and legacy values such as GB, BigFive, CCCII, EACC alpha
numeric. Other values include Matthews dictionary number, definition,
transliterated sound with tone number, etc. Charsets viewer provides
context for many Unicode code points.

After taking time to praise these Unicode teaching tools produced with
resources, it's time to make my plea. Unicode members, raise your hands if
like to see the interactivity of these treasured Unicode viewers extended to
manipulating structured Unicode code point labeling in Microsoft Access 2000
*.mdb files or other object / relational database formats from IBM,
Object Design, Oracle, Sybase, Versant, etc. What about portable Java
and apps support? XML portable data interchange file formats? Improved
searchable indices? These enhancements and increased structuring of The
Standard, Version 3.0 character set database, may encourage The Standard to
more readily translated into languages other than English and become a
standard in practice. Any other ideas to improve the interactivity of
teaching tools?

More importantly, any volunteers or resources to further develop Unicode
self-paced learning/teaching tools? At IUC15 some of you may have heard the
developer's mantra: Java portable apps, XML portable data using a common
underlying Unicode standard encoding. Unicode Consortium members could
learn/teach by extending the interactivity and portability of the Unicode
character set database.

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