Re: Reality check - non-Unicode in Guinea-GTZ documents 2005

From: Don Osborn (
Date: Thu Aug 17 2006 - 07:10:46 CDT

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    Does anyone know about how Unicode (and internationalization & multilingual
    computing generally) is treated in major university computer science
    programs? I suspect some newer programs in language & computers might cover
    such technical issues as a matter of course (and courses). But standard
    computer science?

    On the linguistics side? Computational linguistics?

    It would be great to have somewhere an interdisciplinary program and/or an
    endowed chair for internationalization and localization. The issues reside
    in the abovementioned areas as well as policy, economics, business,
    international development, etc. These issues are very current, with longer
    term implications, and they go from the ground level all the the way up to
    issues like IDN and internet governance for instance. All these things
    connect and we all know it. But there seems to be a case for an academic
    entity to treat the high-level issues, call attention to gaps, needs etc.,
    integrate elements that people work on separately, and address the need for
    broader level "outreach" for public education. (Maybe such exists already??)
    Not that this would be *the* answer, of course, but it is arguably an
    essential piece...


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Andrew West" <>
    To: "Doug Ewell" <>
    Cc: "Unicode Mailing List" <>
    Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 4:51 AM
    Subject: Re: Reality check - non-Unicode in Guinea-GTZ documents 2005

    > On 17/08/06, Doug Ewell <> wrote:
    >> Would you believe there are actually people so misguided that they
    >> believe the purpose of Unicode is just the opposite, to *restrict* the
    >> number of languages people can use on the Internet and in computers
    >> generally?
    > Yes, I'd believe that. My experience is that in general most people's
    > understanding of Unicode is abysmal, even amongst experienced
    > programmers who as a matter of course enable Unicode in all their
    > projects.
    > Andrew

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