[UA-discuss] Computer Science/ICT/IT Curricula Internationalization

Andrew Sullivan ajs at anvilwalrusden.com
Thu Jun 29 14:23:23 UTC 2017

On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 02:06:31PM +0000, Andre Schappo wrote:

> Which internationalization topics would you like covered in Computer Science/ICT/IT Curricula?

I think it would be really good if graduates had a clear idea of how
Unicode worked, what the differences are between (e.g.) a character
and a code point or sequence of them, what the properties are, how to
access them, normalization, and so on.  Even in this group we
sometimes struggle because people forget that the Unicode properties
are what determine a given code point, and have stumbled over
normalization forms.  It's amazing to me, for instance, that we have
to keep telling people to normalize user-generated text input before
storage.  (A later-year student would get a failing grade if s/he
didn't check input before blindly handing it to the database, and yet
we don't have the same reaction when NF* isn't immediately used on the
same input.)

Best regards,


Andrew Sullivan
ajs at anvilwalrusden.com

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