Dublin Conference: Re: ISO/IEC 10646 versus Unicode

From: Lisa Moore (lisam@us.ibm.com)
Date: Tue Jul 23 2002 - 00:22:41 EDT

Dear Marion,

After checking the mail lists upon returning from vacation/holiday, I found
the following comment on the most recent Unicode conference in Dublin
rather surprising:

      When, after all the years of receiving Irish support, I saw
      2002 conference in Dublin being advertised as more of a showcase for
      German than native interests, I decided not to attend, but that does
      mean any withdrawal of EGT's initial and longstanding support of
      Unicode, in principal (although it seems to have produced only one
      to date, viz., a book called 'The Unicode Standard' (where I expected
      read 'Implementation').

As a matter of fact, we specifically designed the Dublin Unicode Conference
to tie in with the substantial Dublin localization industry. I am quite
sorry if this purpose was misunderstood. Our keynote speaker you refer to
was from the Localization Research Institute of the University of Limerick.

It is too bad that you were not able to attend, particularly since you have
a great interest in Unicode implementations (as do I). We were able to
showcase implementations ranging from top US IT businesses, to many
interesting worldwide case studies, localization, etc. I think you would
have enjoyed it (in addition to the local pub:-).

Implementation is truly where "the rubber meets the road", to use an
American idiom. In this regard, the conferences have a goal to champion
leading edge Unicode implementations. I particularly enjoyed hearing from
a British mobile phone company at the Dublin conference - Unicode is
popping up everywhere, it seems.

Best regards,

Lisa Moore
Co-Chair, IUC

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