How do I tell if a user’s entering Unicode data into my ANSI app?

#1:  Is there a really, really good reason you didn’t compile your app with the unicode flag?  Just the fact that you’re asking this question is a pretty big red flag that some user might want to enter Unicode data into your app.  Supporting Unicode is pretty painless (at least if you plan for it…

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IDNA – Is it fussball or fußball?

[Update – Note: A coworker pointed out that it’s really Fussball or Fußball, since it’s a noun.  I knew that, I’m just using the lower case here because domain names get lower cased, which is a seperate issue and I didn’t want to complicate the example.] IDNA2008 (which is something of a misnomer, since it’s actually…

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Short Date Formats Don’t Always Fit Neat Patterns

I’m often asked something like “What’s the date separator  for locale XXX?”  Well, not every locale fits our preconceived MM/dd/yyyy concepts.  Some of the built-in values that developers may not expect: dd/MM yyyy — 20/10 2010 — This one has different separators (space and /) so you tell me which one DateTimeFormatInfo.DateSeparator is supposed to use?…

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Unicode 6.0 has a new Indian Rupee Symbol, how do I get it?

Well you can’t, not yet anyway.  Unicode 6.0 adds the new Indian Rupee Symbol at U+20B9 (see http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U20A0.pdf ) so how do you get it to work? Unfortunately you can’t get it to work immediately ;-(.  The problem’s actually really complicated as there are lots of moving parts.  You need a font to display it,…

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Thoughts About Email Addresses with EAI (Email Address Internationalization)

The EAI Working Group (http://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/eai/charter/) is making rapid progress toward standardizing Unicode email addresses.  Unicode email addresses are a terrific feature for people in many countries that don’t use Latin/ASCII as a native script.  Ironically, in the US its easy to miss the importance of non-ASCII email addresses.  Many other Latin script users may also think…

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Quick Custom Culture to Change Euro Currency Symbol

I was asked for a quick sample of how to build a culture, so here it is:  1.) Start an elevated command prompt (have to be elevated to run CultureAndRegionInfoBuilder.Register())  (press windows key, type cmd, press ctrl+shift+enter is one way). 2.) copy the code below to testcc.cs.  (notepad testcc.cs and cut & paste the code)….

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The Square Boxes in My Blog’s Title

Someone pointed out the boxes in my blog’s title.  That’s a script some fans use for Klingon, but since it’s not in Unicode, you need a pIqaD font to see it correctly.  If you really want to see the square boxes, then grab the pIqaD.ttf font from the .zip in my earlier post: http://blogs.msdn.com/shawnste/archive/2006/02/17/klingon-in-piqad-windows-vista-custom-locale.aspx  You…

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There’re now "real" IDN TLDs….

http://موقع.وزارة-الاتصالات.مصر (I don’t know what it is, I don’t read arabic, I’m just pointing it out as an example.) http://президент.рф (for a cyrillic example, apparently the president of Russia web site). -Shawn

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4 IDN ccTLDs (country code top level domain)s have been approved.

This is old news, but I didn’t blog about it yet.  4 IDN ccTLDs have been approved: http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan10-en.htm Cyrillic ScriptRussian Federation (RU): рф Arabic ScriptEgypt (EG): مصر Saudi Arabia (SA): السعوديةUnited Arab Emirates (AE): امارات

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Shawn Dropped the Space Needle

111 Around work I’m well known for the Lego in my office (counting in the 10’s of thousands of pieces).  Last summer I was tricked into building a Lego Space Needle for a space in our old building.   As you can see, I dropped the space needle when moving it to the stairwell in our…

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