SEBASTOPOL, CA--Ken Lunde's 1993 book Understanding Japanese
Information Processing quickly became the indispensable reference
for software developers creating products for the Japanese market.
Developers, project managers, and translators demanded a
Japanese language edition, and in 1995 Nihongo Jyouhou
Shori was released. Unfortunately for those developers
straddling the Pacific, Understanding Japanese Information
Processing has been unavailable for more than a year, while
Lunde worked on this new, updated and expanded edition:
Information Processing (O'Reilly, $ 64.95). But according to Lunde,
it was worth the wait.
"Not only are all the Japanese portions revised and updated, but
now the book covers Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese sections"
explains Ken Lunde, the author. "It includes exhaustive descriptions
of scripts, character sets, and encoding. It provides a brief description
of the writing systems, a thorough background of the history
and current state of character sets, detailed information on encoding
methods, code conversion techniques, input methods, keyboard
arrays, font formats typography, output methods, algorithms and
sample source code. It covers how writing systems impact Internet
resources such as the Web, HTML, XML, Java, and Adobe Acrobat.
It was my intention that this book become the definitive source
for information relating to CJKV information processing issues."
And Lunde succeeded. CJKV
Information Processing is the definitive
guide for tackling difficult issues faced when dealing with complex
Asian languages-Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese--in the
context of computing or Internet services. Unlike the English alphabet
(a mere 26 characters), these languages use multiple alphabets
comprising thousands of characters. Handling such an unwieldy amount
of data is formidable and complex. Until now, the task of working with
these writing systems was unattainable to most. CJKV Information
Processing clarifies the issues, even to those who don't understand
East Asian languages.
In addition to thorough coverage of the topic, invaluable
appendixes--everything from code conversion tables, character
set tables, and character set indexes, to mapping tables, Perl code
examples, and a glossary-will make this a dog-eared reference in
About the Author
Ken Lunde received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in linguistics in
1994 with a dissertation entitled, Prescriptive Kanji Simplification.
He also authored Understanding Japanese Information Processing
(O'Reilly, 1993). He joined Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1991,
and is currently Manager, CJKV Type Development.
About O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
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to GNN(the first Internet portal and commercial website) to WebSite
(the first web server software for desktop PCs), O'Reilly has been at
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Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese Computing
By Ken Lunde
1st Edition December 1998 (US)
ISBN: 1-56592-224-7, 1128 pages, $64.95 (US)