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[edit] Unicode and Character Encodings

Date: September 28, 2010, at 4:00 PM
Presenters: Nelson Elhage
Location: 3-133
Abstract: Do you get email with subject lines like "???? ?????? ??? ????"? Does your Python code throw mysterious UnicodeError's because someone tried to put a "♥" in their name? Are you totally clueless about the difference between UTF-8 and UCS-2? Do you wish that you could write code that handled unicode properly, but are stuck randomly sticking calls to encode and decode until something works right? If so, this is the talk for you. I'll explain everything you need to know about unicode, character sets, and text encoding, and leave you with enough of an understanding to go forth and confidently write programs that handle multi-lingual text.
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