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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Introduction to "International Domain Name"

You may or may not have heard about IDN and are wondering about what it is. In this blog post I’ll introduce the concept of IDN. Most modern operating systems and applications natively support Unicode. However, both the DNS and SMTP protocols predate the development of Unicode. They were designed at a time when ASCII…

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What’s in a(n Identifier) Name?

Unicode serves as the basis for the char data type in many modern programming languages, including Visual Basic .NET and C#.  So what type of local language support do programming languages and frameworks need to provide?  Support for international string literals is a given.  But should programming keywords and syntax be localized?  Or is it…