Re: about starting off

From: Edward H Trager (
Date: Thu Sep 19 2002 - 12:52:30 EDT

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    Hi, Roslyn,

    The tools you choose might to some extent depend on your development
    environment. Using PHP on GNU/Linux or another *NIX environment, the
    following tools will certainly get you started in the right direction.
    Plan on using UTF-8 encoding for everything: so you need to calculate
    database column widths that will be wide enough to support the UTF-8

     -- Yudit (
        This is a fantastic Unicode editor. It has keyboard maps for just
        about every language imaginable, has correct shaping for Arabic and
        a number of Indic scripts, and even some handwriting recognition for
        Kanji/Hanzi. Command-line tools are also provided for converting
        files in different encodings. Of course UTF-8 is supported.

     -- Latest version of Mozilla ( Mozilla provides very
        good support for rendering a lot of scripts and is very
        standards-compliant, maybe the most standards-compliant
        browser available.

     -- Edith ( is a possibly little-known editor for X11. It is
        *not* unicode aware at all, but it has lots of other indispensible features
        for coding and development, such as regex-based searching and
        replacement, column-wise cut-and-paste, etc.

    What I do is type all non-ASCII strings in Yudit and save the file, write
    the ASCII PHP code in Edith (substitute your favorite editor here), open
    up the UTF-8 Yudit file in another Edith window, and copy and paste in the
    UTF-8 strings (which look awful in a non-unicode-aware editor, but a
    good editor doesn't mess with them).

    On Thu, 19 Sep 2002, roslyn jose wrote:

    > hi,
    > im new to unicode, and am working on a project in php/postgresql. i need
    > some info on how to start off with unicode. i went thro the web site and
    > only saw explanations on what it is, its char set,etc. do i need to
    > download or install anything to work with unicode, pls let me know soon.
    > and also once downloaded do i need to import any classes or files when
    > working with it, as im scripting in php and html. thanx
    > regards,
    > roslyn
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