Anne van Kesteren

Bought the book on Unicode

Just before dinner we walked into a Barnes and Noble looking for some O’reilly pocket references for Ólafur. Ólafur (most people call him “Olli”) is the Windows quality assurance lead and gets the desktop release out of the door. Looking around the “geek” section store I spotted a book on Unicode. After taking a closer look I found out that it was written by Jukka K. Korpela! Besides that, it came out in June 2006 so it probably covers all the recent stuff.

Anyway, Unicode Explained is mine now, for sixty dollars. Lets see if that can be expensed in some way. If not, it’s probably well worth it. Seems to be the the book on Unicode, which I solely base on the fact that Jukka is the author. I hope he gets a fair share from O’reilly.


  1. I looked through that book a few weeks ago, and it seemed pretty thorough. The one thing I missed was if it is possible to enter unicode characters in a bash shell on unix. I mean, if I have a filename with foreign characters, how can I refer to the file to delete it? Such a tip I think would have made a great addition to the section on key entry.

    Posted by Jacob at

  2. It´s Korpela

    Posted by Meint at

  3. Jacob, I can assure you that the bash shell is perfectly able to handle unicode.

    Posted by Ben de Groot at

  4. Meint, thanks. Fixed now. I blame the jet lag.

    Posted by Anne van Kesteren at

  5. Interesting. I've learnt a lot from Jukka's site. He usually explain things very well.

    Posted by David Håsäther at

  6. This certainly looks like an interesting book. I'll have to add it to my buy list.

    Posted by Ethan Poole at

  7. Ólafur? What a strange name.

    Posted by Cseresznye Bálint at

  8. Cseresznye, oh really? :-p Click me.

    Posted by olli at

  9. Nerd Books is always cheaper. 27% cheaper

    Plus if you lived in Dallas, the warehouse is also a store.

    Posted by Marc Morgan at