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Media: NYT: Michael Everson's Unicode

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: This week's technology section of the New York Times online has an
article entitled:

For the World's A B C's, He Makes 1's and 0's
By Michael Erard
published September 25, 2003

The opening paragraph:

Michael Everson, a 40-year-old typographer who lives in Dublin,
considers himself blessed because he has found his life's work: to be
an alphabetician to all the peoples of the world. Mr. Everson's
largest project to date - a contribution to a new version of Unicode
4.0, an international standard for computerizing text - is cementing
his reputation.

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Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.2568
Date Posted: September 25, 2003

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