UNICODE workshop to be held at GUtech in February

BARKA The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), located in Halban, will hold a special Unicode Workshop focusing on the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia between 14-16 February 2016. The Workshop is organized by GUtech and sponsored by The Research Council (TRC). A group of top-level computer scientists from Silicon Valley (US) and other countries will give presentations on the creation of Unicode for the internet.

Unicode has facilitated the transcription of different languages for the internet usage. “This tutorial workshop is a three-day event designed to familiarize the audience with Unicode and the concepts of internationalization. It is the first Unicode event in the Middle East and Asia,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy-Rector for Administration and Finance at GUtech.

Unicode provides a unique number for every character in the internet – no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language. Linguists, cultural experts from different countries and many others contributed to the success story of the internet Unicode. According to Lisa Moore, Vice President of Unicode, Unicode the code is developed by the worldwide internet community. It started in 1991 with 7000 characters, today Unicode has encoded more than 130,000 different elements of writing.

Throughout the three day workshop experts will give an insight into Unicode. Richard Ishida of W3C Internationalization Activity Lead will give a talk on the many unique characteristics of non-Latin writing systems, and illustrate the problems involved in implementing such scripts in products. His talk will not provide detailed coding advice, but provide the essential background information to understand the fundamental issues related to Unicode deployment, across a wide range of scripts. Unicode also created the bidirectional algorithms, so that the Arabic language can be transcribed into English characters.

Addison Phillips, the principal engineer and internationalization architect of Amazon.com will speak about internationalization and how to incorporate internationalization into the design, implementation, and delivery of a software product? Amazon.com’s internationalization architect demystifies it for you. This session provides an introduction to the topics of internationalization, localization and globalization.


For more information and registration please check out the website: www.unicode-oman.org