From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Aug 19 2006 - 13:29:16 CDT
Richard Gillam <rgillam at us dot ibm dot com> wrote:
> I'm curious-- as I'm sure you know, there are three books about
> Unicode out there already: Tony Graham's book, Jukka Korpela's book,
> and my book. None of them, of course, are part of the "Dummies"
> series, but I'm wondering whether you think any of them would serve
> well as an introduction to Unicode along the lines of the "Dummies"
> books, and if not, why not.
As you may know, I referenced your book when writing Unicode Technical
Note #14. I enjoyed the style thoroughly and thought it was very well
written, but I am a techie type and don't know how well the book would
reach non-techie types. I should probably take another look. There are
some outstanding technical books that start with "this is a pencil, this
is a piece of paper" in Chapter 1, then proceeed gradually to great
detail by Chapter 20, serving a wide variety of audiences.
> I haven't read Tony and Jukka's books,
Neither have I.
> Even if none of the current titles really hit the bullseye, is the
> market big enough for yet another Unicode book? I know mine hasn't
> exactly flown off the shelves.
Good question. I don't know. As Mark said, it depends on who the
envisioned target audience is and what they need to know. There is no
significant booksellers' market for a 24-page pamphlet, but it seems to
me that would be about right.
-- Doug Ewell Fullerton, California, USA http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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