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

Andre Schappo A.Schappo at lboro.ac.uk
Thu Jun 29 14:43:02 UTC 2017

Thank you. That is just the sort of input needed for Computer Science/ICT/IT Curricula internationalization.

The unfortunate reality is that currently the vast majority of students graduate knowing only ASCII text processing/storage/transformation/transmission because that is all they are taught. So, no chance of graduates understanding Unicode or normalization forms.

André Schappo

> On 29 Jun 2017, at 15:23, Andrew Sullivan <ajs at anvilwalrusden.com> wrote:
> 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,
> A
> -- 
> Andrew Sullivan
> ajs at anvilwalrusden.com

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