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The Unicode Blog: New Emoji Candidates for Unicode 8.0

The Unicode Blog: New Emoji Candidates for Unicode 8.0 | EEDSP | Scoop.it

The Unicode Consortium has accepted 37 new emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 8.0, scheduled for mid-2015. These are candidates—not yet finalized—so some may not appear in the release.

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GT!Blog » Character Encodings For Modern Programmers

The easiest way to understand the current state of encodings is to look at the history of how we got to where we are today. The pre-ASCII days are not particularly relevant, but they are interesting, so I have run through the various encodings that preceded ASCII from a technical perspective here if you are interested. The story of Unicode really starts with ASCII. Note that since Windows and UNIX are the only two types of operating systems of interest to most modern programmers, I’m only going to discuss them. (Linux, iOS, Android, etc. are all UNIX-based). First I’m going to go through all the problems of the various pre-Unicode ASCII based encodings, and then I’ll provide some programming pointers for cross-platform programming. You can skip the pre-Unicode stuff if you’re not interested in the history

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The Unicode Blog: Announcing The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0

The Unicode Blog: Announcing The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0 | EEDSP | Scoop.it

Version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available, adding 2,834 new characters. This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, approximately 250 emoji (pictographic symbols), many other symbols, and 23 new lesser-used and historic scripts, as well as character additions to many existing scripts. These additions extend support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries, and Africa.

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Unicode and your application (1 of n)

Some of the fundamental points of unicode support include:

Having a basic knowledge of what unicode means and of the commonly used encodings
Choosing a proper string representation to use inside your application.
Correctly handling textual input.
Correctly handling textual output.

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