From: Ram Viswanadha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue May 06 2003 - 10:41:56 EDT
Google can convert PPT to HTML. !
----- Original Message -----
From: "Theodore H. Smith" <email@example.com>
To: "Addison Phillips [wM]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 7:08 AM
Subject: Re: Finite state machines? UTF8: toFold(), normalisation, etc
> Hi Addison,
> Thanks a lot for the answers that may help me get a clean solution.
> I'm unfamiliar with "trie". What does it mean? If it's less complex
> than a finite state machine I'm sure that'll be a benefit for me.
> "Bits of Unicode" is in .ppt format. Is that "Power point"? I don't
> have powerpoint or an app to read .ppt.
> Thanks a lot for your kind help.
> > Hi Mr. Smith,
> > I wrote about "compiling" the Unicode character data tables in my
> > response. That reply was somewhat sketchy: my three-year old son was
> > sitting in my lap waiting for his machine to boot while I wrote it...
> > Mark Davis wrote more-or-less the canonical presentation on this
> > subject for an IUC conference a few years ago. The title was "Bits of
> > Unicode". It may be elsewhere, but I've always found it on his
> > personal page http://www.macchiato.com
> > I have personally had reason to compile my own tables (NOT using a
> > finite state language, just tries and similar structures) for purposes
> > beyond those of ICU. But I must admit that in recent years I have
> > tended to extend ICU or the very similar code in the Java JDK instead
> > of implementing my own tables, but it isn't that hard to do. Getting
> > the edge cases and esoteric details right, though, make it not worth
> > my while (in my estimation).
> > A finite state machine could certainly do "the job" (although what you
> > really have is a number of similar "jobs" to do), but trie tables and
> > similar structures are a lot easier to build and maintain and do the
> > job marvelously well.
> > Good luck with your implementation.
> Theodore H. Smith - Macintosh Consultant / Contractor.
> My website: <www.elfdata.com/>
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