Unicode Tutorials and Overviews
This is a brief guide to tutorials and other sources of
information about the Unicode Standard intended for use by
educators. Topics range from broad tutorials to technical papers on
The major resource for information about the standard is the
web page for the latest version, coupled with any current updates and errata.
Introduction contains a very general overview of the basic
principles of the standard.
The Unicode Technical
Notes (UTNs) cover a variety of specialty topics, some of which are of
interest to educators. Linguists and language students may be
interested in Deborah Anderson's
Creating New Orthographies.
slide tutorial with
narrative is in PDF format. It is available both as a slide set, or
slide set with comments. This tutorial takes about 4 hours to present.
A commercial tutorial by Asmus Freytag is available from his web
This UTN tutorial
Introduction to Indic Scripts by Richard Ishida gives a good
overview of many issues, including history, development, and
An Introduction to Writing Systems & Unicode,
is available as a set of Web pages. It presents the key concepts in
Unicode using examples from writing systems around the world. The
material should be accessible for a wide audience, from software
engineers to managers. It takes about 3 hours to present
Globalizing Software (Powerpoint; Markus Scherer and Mark Davis)
Unicode Overview (Powerpoint; Markus Scherer and Mark Davis)
Migrating Software to Supplementary Characters (Powerpoint; Mark
Davis and Vladimir Weinstein)
Unicode from a Distance (Powerpoint; Mark Davis)
Myths (PDF; Mark Davis)
The Links to Unicode Resources page offers useful links to various resources, including fonts, small tutorials, and
pointers to other information that can be used to supplement
tutorials and provide hands-on experience.
The Unibook program,
distributed on the Unicode website, can be used to look at code
charts in a variety of ways.
The i18nguy website has information on a
Business Example for Unicode which may be of interest to
business educators. Also on that site is a page on
The W3C maintains a page "W3C
Web Internationalization Articles" with general and specific
tutorial information, including Unicode. You can also drill down to specific information using
the Techniques Index.
Web Services and Internationalization by Addison Phillips
Locale Identifiers: A
Status Report is a paper given at the 27th
Internationalization and Unicode Conference