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Recommended Reading List

The Unicode Consortium recommends the following books about the Unicode Standard and its use in applications, in computer languages, and in internationalization of software. These publications are mostly books, but may include articles and tutorials, as well.

Publications in English

  • Document Preparation for Classical Languages, 2nd ed. 2010, by David Perry
  • CJKV Information Processing, Second Edition by Ken Lunde
  • Unicode in SAP Systems by Nils Bürckel, Alexander Davidenkoff, and Detlef Werner
  • Fonts & Encodings by Yannis Haralambous and P Scott Horne
  • Unicode Explained by Jukka K. Korpela
  • .NET Internationalization: The Developer's Guide to Building Global Windows and Web Applications (Microsoft .NET Development Series) by Guy Smith-Ferrier
  • Unicode Demystified: A Practical Programmer’s Guide to the Encoding Standard by Richard Gillam
  • Java Internationalization (Java Series) by David Czarnecki and Andy Deitsch
  • XML Internationalization and Localization by Yves Savourel
  • Programming Perl by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant

Publications in Other Languages

  • Decodeunicode: Die Schriftzeichen der Welt, 1st edition 2011 (in German)
  • Chinese Simplified Language Edition of The Unicode Standard, Version 5.0 (in Chinese, partial translation of text)
  • Bibliothèque et écritures, d'ASCII à Unicode by Yves Desrichard (in French)
  • Unicode 5.0 en Pratique by Patrick Andries (in French)
  • Passeport pour Unicode by Bernard Desgraupes (in French)
  • Fontes & Codages by Yannis Haralambous (in French)
  • Unicode in SAP-Systemen by Nils Bürckel (in German)
  • Dodici Anni di Unicode by Marco Cimarosti (in Italian)

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