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JoelonSoftware unicode programming

i'm posting here in response to a 2003 blog post of Joel's about programmers not coding correctly to handle unicode multi-byte character sets.
 http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html
i think a decade later, some still don't!

i've been e-mailing Hootsuite, the twitter client, because when anyone composes a tweet like this in Hootsuite:

Troubleshooting hootsuite tweets with unicode characters ���������� and a link goofs up the display of the tweet http://ow.ly/kjv8b

when sent will actually display in Hootsuite like this:

Troubleshooting hootsuite tweets with unicode characters ���������� and a link goofs up the display of the tow.ly/kjv8bLPDXf

back then, Joel said "if you are a programmer working in 2003 and you don't know the basics of characters, character sets, encodings, and Unicode, and I catch you, I'm going to punish you by making you peel onions for 6 months in a submarine. I swear I will."

It seems to me that Hootsuite hasn't been programmed to handle 2-byte unicode characters so i just wanted to tell him to get the submarine ready!
DyNama Norman Send private email
Monday, April 22, 2013
 
 
well, the unicode characters don't display here! they were U+1F495 (two hearts) U+1F478 (princess) U+1F497 U+1F601 U+1F44D (thumbs up).
DyNama Norman Send private email
Monday, April 22, 2013
 
 
This forum uses a font family of "Verdana,'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif". Beyond Unicode support, don't characters like that require a font that supports them as well?
Nicholas Hebb Send private email
Monday, April 22, 2013
 
 
Взрыв огромным консервным ножом вспорол корпус ракеты. Людей выбросило в космос, подобно дюжине трепещущих серебристых рыб. Их разметало в черном океане, а корабль, распавшись на миллион осколков, полетел дальше, словно рой метеоров в поисках затерянного Солнца.
alexandar Send private email
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
 
 
Somebody is a Ray Bradbury fan
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Friday, April 26, 2013
 
 

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