Hang on just a [Hansel]Minute!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/08/02 08:44 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/08/02/686384.aspx

I specifically avoided mentioning when Scott Hanselman put me in his Essential Blogroll in his 25th Podcast (it was incredibly flattering, but I figured if you were already reading this blog then you didn't need to know that Scott was thinking good things about it!). :-)

But then he decided to cover Globalization and Internationalization with .NET in his 26th Podcast. And this is definitely a good one to see, since (like Joel Spolsky's The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)) will be the best way to let some people know about internationalization stuff in software who may otherwise never hear about it!

Two small corrections in #25, Scott:

  1. If Klingon ever makes it in, it is much more likely to be due to the hard work of this man, not me. I mean, unless the Klingon High Council contacts me directly and demands support for the honor of the Empire, that is....
  2. Many people were instrumental to getting the Ethiopian script in general and the Amharic language in particular supported in Vista, though the one crucial piece I was heavily involved with (along with Ning Jin-Grisaffi and especially Daniel Yacob) was getting an Amharic input method into the product after we suddenly found out we did not have one!). I will probably blog more about this whole issue some day. :-)

In #26, he covers a lot of interesting ground and goes beyond talking about .NET when he covers stuff like the breaking Notepad issue and IsTextUnicode. As well as info on Unicode itself.

Highly recommended listening, as are pretty much all of the Hanselminutes (as usual, I listen to all Podcasts by downloading the full .WMA file and then listening at 2x speed!)....

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# Mihai on 2 Aug 2006 12:20 PM:

"downloading the full .WMA file and then listening at 2x speed!"

Really cool trick!
I do this quite often on TiVo, but I have never noticed the option in Media Player.

# Scott Hanselman on 2 Aug 2006 4:24 PM:

Thanks for the corrections. What Amharic Font do you recommend?

# Michael S. Kaplan on 2 Aug 2006 4:45 PM:

I have become quite fond of the Nyala font that Vista is using, but there was a guy at the IUC who had some really fancy fonts as well that go way beyond the simple stuff we do to make things visible...

Not being a native speaker, I admit that my Nyala preference has no real basis other than the fact that it is what I have available to me. :-)

referenced by

2008/06/13 "It makes total sense when you explain that the Turks have four I's"

2008/01/28 Behold the Table Driven Text Service, Part 5 (All about the language, baby!)

2007/10/22 We weren't Vista heroes, but I think we were kinda heroic

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