Unicode and how to avoid trouble

Unicode and how to avoid trouble

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In this talk, I'll be documenting the trials and tribulations I've experienced when working with Unicode; from encoding, to normalization, and the not-so-obvious differences between alphabets. I'll take you on the usual Product/Engineering journey where requirements can change, bugs are discovered where you least expect them, and your knowledge of Unicode needs to be as flexible as your Product Manager's priorities. You think 'Gemüse' === 'Gemüse'? You might be wrong!

Attendees will walk away wielding newfound Unicode knowledge like a mighty sword, ready to slay an array of production issues related to characters and bytes. You'll get the most out of this session if you're required to show or produce text to users, but don't quite understand the barriers that exist. I've befriended the Unicode monster, and you can, too!

Presented by Pawel Luczkiewicz

Pawel Luczkiewicz is a software engineer at Wayfair in Berlin, Germany. They describe themselves as "the laziest ambitious person they know", which often leads them to find simple solutions to complex problems. Pawel loves understanding technology in very intricate detail, and on a Friday evening, you can probably find them reading Unicode specification, Intel's manuals, or PHP source code.

Participating Groups: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Utah, Vancouver

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