Session Details

Character Sets  

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12:30 PM Saturday
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Town Square B
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This is the story of the representation of text as numbers. We will range from the earliest codes, Hollerith and Morse, to what will likely be the last character code, Unicode. The mysterious control codes of ASCII will be explained. Subtle decisions made in the last century had large unintended consequences. The irritating eternal dilemma "Tabs or Spaces?" will finally be resolved logically for the first time.

The Speaker(s)


Douglas Crockford

Douglas Crockford was born in the Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, but left when he was only six months old because it was just too damn cold. He is a registered voter. He turned his back on a promising career in television when he discovered computers. He has worked in learning systems, small business systems, office automation, games, interactive music, multimedia, location-based entertainment, social systems, and programming languages. He is the inventor of Tilton, the ugliest programming language that was not specifically designed to be an ugly programming language. He is best known for having discovered that there are good parts in JavaScript. This was the first important discovery of the 21st century. He also discovered the JSON, the world’s best loved data interchange format.
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