Unicode® Tutorials and Overviews
This page provides 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
Overviews and FAQ
Introduction to the Unicode Standard contains a very general overview of the basic
principles of the standard.
The Unicode Standard
The definitive resource for information about the Unicode Standard is the
latest version, coupled with any currently posted updates and errata.
The Unicode FAQ provides a topically organized list
of answers to commonly asked questions about the Unicode Standard, internationalization, emoji, and other
areas of interest.
Unicode Technical Notes
The Unicode Technical
Notes (UTNs) cover a variety of specialty topics, some of which may be of
interest to educators. Linguists and language students may be
interested, for example, in Deborah Anderson's
Creating New Orthographies.
Unicode Technical Reports
The Unicode Technical Reports (UTRs) focus on specific topics
related to the Unicode Standard, such as the encoding model and security
Eric Muller's Unicode Tutorial
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.
Asmus Freytag's Unicode Tutorial
A commercial tutorial by Asmus Freytag is available from his web
Richard Ishida's Tutorial on Indic Scripts
This UTN tutorial
Introduction to Indic Scripts by Richard Ishida gives a good
overview of many issues, including history, development, and
Richard Ishida's Unicode Tutorial
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
W3C Articles and Tutorials
The W3C maintains an
Articles & Tutorials page with general and specific
tutorial information on internationalization topics, including
the Unicode Standard. You can also drill down to specific information using
the Learn to internationalize page.
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 Unicode Resources page offers useful links to various resources, including fonts, keyboards, tools, and
pointers to other information that can be used to supplement
tutorials and to provide hands-on experience.
The Unibook Character Browser,
available for download, can be used to look at Unicode 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 about the
Web Services and Internationalization by Addison Phillips
Lists of books
related to the Unicode Standard.