Interesting Characters

By Andy Balaam

When I started learning how Unicode works, I knew it would be useful, but I never expected it to be so much fun. In this talk I will try to share my excitement!

We will tour some of my favourite characters and use them to help us understand how various character sets and encodings work, covering Unicode in most detail, but also mentioning the Latin-n family, GB18030 and even EBCDIC.

By the end of this session you will have strong opinions about how UTF-16 ruined everything, how UTF-8 is beautiful nonetheless, and maybe you’ll even have a favourite Unicode character yourself. Personally I am a big fan of U+FE18.

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