New Indian Rupee Symbol

On July of 2010 the Indian government announced the new currency symbol for the Indian Rupee. The original Rupee symbol will still be used in various other countries. The Indian Ministry of IT has been working with the Unicode standards group to include this symbol in the Unicode table 6.0 and will announce further information…

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Introducing xml:lang in XAML

Introducing  xml:lang in XAML In a previous blog post I wrote about locales and cultures and described how you can use them to control the behavior and output of your programs to better match the regional expectations of your global users.  Some of the behaviors controlled by locales and cultures include number and date formatting,…


What is Yomigana?

Yomigana is a reading aid used in the Japanese language; it consists of smaller-sized syllabic characters (Kana or Romaji) printed beside an ideographic character (Kanji) to indicate its pronunciation. There are conventions to positioning this reading aid beside the main text; in horizontal text, they are placed above the text, while in vertical text, they…

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Font Association (Part 1) - A Primer

Characters and GlyphsCharacters are the written symbols that we use to communicate ideas (e.g., N, 9, Θ, Π, 語, @). Glyphs are graphical representations of those characters.  Code pages are tables of characters and fonts are tables of glyphs. Unicode is designed to serve as a single code page for all characters. Because Unicode contains…