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O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
July 23-27, 2001

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Tutorial

Unicode: Why, What, and How

Simon Cozens, Author

Track: Perl Conference 5
Date: Monday, July 23
Time: 8:45am - 12:15pm
Location: Grande Ballroom B

Target Audience:
All Perl programmers, module authors, and XS authors seeking to understand, support or utilize Unicode in their applications or modules. Basic understanding of Perl (opening files, using regular expressions, etc.) required, module authoring and XS experience helpful but optional.

Goal:
Attendees will learn what Unicode is, how it works, and why it is important. They will also learn about and learn how to use Perl's Unicode support in 5.6.x and previous versions, as well as the modules that can help them process Unicode data. Finally, module authors will learn what changes will be required to their modules to support Unicode data.

Tutorial Outline: Preliminaries

  • What is Unicode, and why should I care?
  • Unicode UTFs
  • The Unicode Standard
  • Perl's Unicode support
  • Handling legacy/CJKV data
  • Collation, normalization, locales
  • Modules for Unicode manipulation
  • XS authors' needs and Perl's internal Unicode handling

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