Jirka Hanika
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Could we have avoided the whole UTF-16 fiasco?
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Cultural factors played a role. Western creators of Unicode expected that unifying East Asian ideographs would be similar to unifying Western fonts (roman, italics...) and that they get to decide ...

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Was there a specific benefit to inverted (XOR) mouse cursors other than aesthetics?
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The technique predated the modern combination of mice and graphical displays. Text terminals needed to show the cursor simultaneously with the character being highlighted by, or adjacent to, the ...

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