Unicode Teaching in Universities

William_J_G Overington wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com
Wed Sep 8 11:34:57 CDT 2021

Many years ago, around 1990, I devised a scenario to encourage people to 
learn how to enter words with accented characters in them even if they 
did not know the language. I called it The Café Äpfel and the idea was 
that text from ingredients lists from multilingual food packaging could 
be keyed. I had bought a packaged food item in a supermarket and the 
ingredients list was presented in a number of languages. The Café Äpfel 
would have menus in English, French, German and the language of the 
musicians and singers who were performing in the café that evening. I 
had this idea of a television show series with each episode combining 
cookery, computing and music with actors playing the continuing 
characters and guest musicians and singers arriving as guest stars.

Well, a Portuguese band and singer would be fairly straightforward.

Once the musicians come from further afield the computing gets rather 
more complicated!

I had the idea of story lines so that one of the staff has to produce 
the menu cards using a computer and part of each episode has scenes as 
the staff produce the menus.

Though now that Unicode is widely used, this scenario could be a useful 
way for students to get practical experience of using Unicode in a 
variety of languages.

William Overington

Wednesday 8 September 2021

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