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iOS Internationalization: The Complete Guide by Shawn E. Larson

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2. Characters and Encoding

Reading asks that you bring your whole life experience and your ability to decode the written word and your creative imagination to the page and be a co-author with the writer, because the story is just squiggles on the page unless you have a reader.

Katherine Paterson

Characters. Letters. Symbols. Items used on a printed page and on a multitude of displays we use today. When used in an organized sequence, they are interpreted to give meaning or, in other words, create words. Languages use different characters with accent marks and pronunciation marks to accentuate or provide meaning. We’ll talk about what’s involved in creating characters, things like diacritics and surrogate pairs and ligatures, and storing those ...

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