Unicode in the Curriculum?

chandrakantd at cdac.in chandrakantd at cdac.in
Wed Dec 30 22:45:10 CST 2015

I could find this link which was read by me long time ago.


Chandrakant Dhutadmal

-----Original Message----- 
From: Manuel Strehl
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 3:07 AM
To: Unicode Public
Subject: Re: Unicode in the Curriculum?

Not technically a school, but I gave a Batman-themed high-level overview
of Unicode at Munich's local JavaScript user group two years ago:


It was well received, especially for its lighter tone on this perceived
dry subject, and for real-world problems, that JS developers faced, and
that I addressed in the talk.

This is the gist of my response: To successfully introduce students to
the concepts behind Unicode, it worked for me to start with problems and
WTF-moments and work from there.

I also taught university courses some years ago, where I had a similar
tactic, which worked quite well, teaching XML to physics undergrads...


Am 30.12.2015 um 17:16 schrieb Andre Schappo:
> A few months ago I asked a class of 140+ first year Computer Science 
> programme and Joint programme students -
> Who has heard of Unicode?
> about 20% of the students raised their hands.
> then I quickly followed it with the question
> …and who understands Unicode?
> Every single student whose hand was raised put it down.
> Some of these students were really experienced programmers, having 
> programmed from an early age.
> Many times over the years I have informally asked students studying in the 
> UK (1st, 2nd, 3rd year undergrad, MSc, PhD, home students, international 
> students) what they know of Unicode and the vast majority of the time they 
> know nothing or next to nothing.
> The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that the teaching of Unicode is 
> not on the curriculum of Schools, Colleges or Universities in the UK. 
> IMHO, It should be!
> I do wherever and whenever I can, incorporate Unicode in my teaching e.g. 
> recently I gave an introductory lecture on Regular Expressions and in my 
> examples I demonstrated, using Unicode text and patterns and not just 
> One such example I used was — /^人+鸭人+$/
> This regex is a reference to Hongkong and the visiting giant floating 
> rubber duck��
> My regex examples also include Emoji and Egyptian Hieroglyphs��
> Does anyone on this list teach Unicode at an Educational Establishment, 
> School, or College or University?
> André Schappo

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