Sunday, 31 January 2010

Unicode URL Shortening

I have just discovered a URL shortening Service that has IDNs. When creating a custom URL the text you provide can be Unicode and so can be any language. Here are some shortened URLs I have created:
Another Unicode Savvy URL shortening service is

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Japanese Input Method

For many years I have used mechanisms like Character Palette for special pictorial symbols. Over time one acquires a set of frequently used symbols. There are also some symbols available by pressing key combinations. I do not find either of these methods satisfactory.
Recently I discovered an alternative method for typing pictorial symbols when using the Kotoeri Japanese Input Method on my Mac and iPod Touch. When writing Japanese one can invoke the Candidate Window by pressing the space bar after typing some Japanese. The Candidate Window lists all the possibilities for the word one has typed. Some Japanese words have associated symbol(s) which are selectable in the Candidate Window.
Below, I list those word/symbol associations I have, so far, found.
  • でんわ=telephone: type でんわ to get ☎
  • あめ=rain: type あめ to get ☂
  • ゆき=snow: type ゆき to get ☃
  • くも=cloud: type くも to get ☁
  • ほし=star: type ほし to get ★ or ☆
  • まる=circle: type まる to get ○ or ● or ◎ or ◉
  • おんせん=hot spring: type おんせん to get ♨
  • おんぷ=musical note: type おんぷ to get ♪ or ♩ or ♫ or ♬
  • かっこ=brackets: type かっこ to get 『』or()or〈〉or《》or【】or「」or〔〕
  • とらんぷ=playing cards: type とらんぷ to get ♢ or ♤ or ♡ or ♧ or ♦ or ♠ or ♥ or ♣
  • きごう=symbol: type きごう to get a profusion of symbols
For a more extensive list see Wolfgang Hadamitzky's Page

Friday, 15 January 2010

Hong Kong IDNs

Monday, 4 January 2010

Taiwanese Universities

Below are some Taiwanese University/College IDNs.
  1. Air Force Institute of Technology 空軍航空技術學院.tw
  2. Aletheia University 真理大學.tw
  3. Asia University 亞洲大學.台灣
  4. Central Police University 中央警察大學.tw
  5. Chang Gung University 長庚大學.tw
  6. Chang Jung Christian University 長榮大學.tw
  7. Cheng Shiu University 正修科技大學.tw
  8. Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science 嘉南藥理科技大學.tw
  9. Chinese Culture University 中國文化大學.tw
  10. Chung Hua University 中華大學.tw
  11. Chung Yuan Christian University 中原大學.tw
  12. Chungyu Institute of Technology 崇右技術學院.tw
  13. Dahan Institute of Technology 大漢技術學院.tw
  14. Diwan University 致遠管理學院.tw
  15. Far East University 遠東科技大學.tw
  16. Fortune Institute of Technology 和春技術學院.tw
  17. Fu Jen Catholic University 輔仁大學.tw
  18. Hsing Kuo University of Management 興國管理學院.tw
  19. Huafan University 華梵大學.tw
  20. Hungkuang University 弘光科技大學.tw
  21. I-Shou University 義守大學.tw
  22. Jinwen University of Science & Technology 景文科技大學.tw
  23. Kainan University 開南大學.tw
  24. Kun Shan University 崑山科技大學.tw
  25. Lan Yang Institute of Technology 蘭陽技術學院.tw
  26. Ling Tung University 嶺東科技大學.tw
  27. Lunghwa University of Science & Technology 龍華科技大學.tw
  28. Mingdao University 明道大學.tw
  29. Minghsin University of Science & Technology 明新科技大學.tw
  30. Nan Jeon Institute of Technology 南榮技術學院.tw
  31. National Central University 國立中央大學.tw & 中大.台灣 & 中大.台湾
  32. National Chengchi University 國立政治大學.tw
  33. National Chi Nan University 国立暨南国际大学.tw
  34. National Chi Nan University 國立暨南國際大學.tw
  35. National Chiao Tung University 國立交通大學.tw
  36. National Chung Cheng University 國立中正大學.tw
  37. National Chung Hsing University 國立中興大學.tw
  38. National Formosa University 國立虎尾科技大學.tw
  39. National Hsinchu University of Education 國立新竹教育大學.tw
  40. National Ilan University 國立宜蘭大學.tw
  41. National Kaohsiung Marine University 國立高雄海洋科技大學.tw
  42. National Open University 國立空中大學.tw
  43. National Penghu University 國立澎湖科技大學.tw
  44. National Pingtung University of Science & Technology 國立屏東科技大學.tw
  45. National Taichung Institute of Technology 國立臺中技術學院.tw
  46. National Taiwan Normal University 國立臺灣師範大學.tw
  47. National Taiwan Ocean University 國立臺灣海洋大學.tw
  48. National Taiwan University of Arts 國立臺灣藝術大學.tw
  49. National United University 國立聯合大學.tw
  50. National University of Kaohsiung 國立高雄大學 高雄大學.台灣
  51. National University of Tainan 國立台南大學.tw
  52. National Yunlin University of Science & Technology 國立雲林科技大學.tw
  53. Oriental Institute of Technology 亞東技術學院.tw
  54. Overseas Chinese University 僑光科技大學.tw
  55. Providence University 靜宜大學.tw
  56. St. John's University 聖約翰科技大學.tw
  57. Taiwan Hospitality & Tourism College 臺灣觀光學院.tw
  58. Tajen University 大仁科技大學.tw
  59. Takming University of Science & Technology 德明財經科技大學.tw
  60. Tatung Institute of Technology 大同技術學院.tw
  61. Tatung University 大同大學.tw
  62. Technology & Science Institute of Northern Taiwan 北台灣科學技術學院.tw
  63. Transworld Institute of Technology 環球技術學院.tw
  64. Tunghai University 東海大學.tw
  65. Vanung University 萬能科技大學.tw
  66. Yuan Ze University 元智大學.tw
  67. Yung Ta Institute of Technology & Commerce 永達技術學院.tw

Sunday, 3 January 2010

International Computing

  One of the modules I teach at Loughborough University ラフバラ大学 is International Computing. This was a new module in the 2008-2009 academic year. It is an optional final year module. The uptake this year (2009-2010 academic year) has increased from last year's 14 students to 24 students. The topics I cover in my module include:
  • Characteristics of Languages/Scripts
  • Software Internationalization & Localization
  • Character Sets
  • Unicode
  • Unicode Transformation Formats
  • Fonts
  • Keyboard Mappings
  • Input Methods
  • Internationalizing Websites
  • Country Codes
  • Language Tags
  • IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names)
  • Internationalizing LaTeX
This year I am including an additional topic which is the Language Features of the iPod Touch/iPhone.

IDNs - The Future

  There has recently been much publicity and controversy concerning IDNs. Here I are my thoughts on the future of IDNs or maybe my thoughts on what I consider should be the future for IDNs.
  English is currently the accepted International language and so most Domain Names are ASCII. So what should an organisation do about their Domain Names? Should they just stick with their ASCII names or also use IDNs?
  I consider that an Organisation's Domain Name strategy should be determined by their customer base or desired customer base. A Local/Regional Organisation should have Domain Names in both their local language and ASCII. An International Organisation, on the other hand, should have many Domain Names in many languages.
  My observation of many International Organisations' Websites is that, mostly, the content is predominantly/solely English. So why bother with multiple IDNs in multiple languages when they just resolve to a Website written in English?
  My answer to that question is: IDNs are just one small part of the Internationalisation of IT. AI (Adaptive Internationalised) Websites are one of the other parts of the Internationalisation of IT.
  An AI Website can adapt content according to:
  • Language/Script of the IDN used for access
  • The preferred display language setting of the visiting browser
  • The Region (GeoLocation) of the visiting browser
  More on AI Websites another time ☺

Friday, 1 January 2010

Korean Universities

Below are some Korean University/College IDNs. I have not listed any that redirect to an ASCII address.

  1. Ansan University 안산대.한국
  2. Cheju Halla University 제주한라대학교.한국
  3. Daewon University College 대원대학.한국
  4. Hanseo University 한서대학교.한국
  5. Jeju National University 제주대학교.한국
  6. Joongbu University 중부대.한국
  7. Korea National Sport University 한국체육대학교.한국
  8. Korea National University of Arts 한국예술종합학교.한국
  9. Korea University 고려대.한국
  10. Pukyong National University 부경대학교.한국
  11. Sungkyunkwan University 성균관대학교.한국

Japanese Universities

I am not sure how many Japanese Universities have IDNs and of those I have found, most redirect to an ASCII address. Below, I list only those I have found that do not redirect to an ASCII address.
  1. Fukuoka Institute of Technology 福岡工業大学.jp
  2. Hiroshima Institute of Technology 広島工業大学.jp
  3. Kanazawa Gakuin University 金沢学院大学.jp
  4. Kurume University くるめだいがく.jp
  5. Kurume University 久留米大学.jp
  6. Meiji University 明治大学.jp
  7. Okayama University 岡山大学.jp
  8. Okayama University 岡大.jp
  9. Shiga University 滋賀大学.jp
  10. SUN Techno College サンテクノカレッジ.jp
  11. SUN Techno College 学校法人サンテクノカレッジ.jp
  12. Tokyo University of Science 東京理科大学.jp
  13. Tokyo University of Science, Suwa 諏訪東京理科大学.jp
  14. Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi 山口東京理科大学.jp
  15. University of Marketing & Distribution Sciences 流通科学大学.jp