Gabriel Weinberg on 6 Jan 2014 03:48:15 -0800

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Re: [Philadelphia-pm] Meeting schedule

We'd be happy to host sometimes at DuckDuckGo, especially as an
occasional location change-up. We're in Paoli right off (walking
distance) from SEPTA/Amtrak on R5/30th street trains. Right across the
street is a good place for after b(urger|eer)s:

Wrt Unicode, not the worlds expert but we do deal with that and would be
happy to contribute to a discussion on it. I find myself essentially
relearning it every year when some pernicious bug comes up and enough
time has passed where some of the details have atrophied. Practically, I
find myself coming back to these two pages each time, which is where I
would recommend starting (in that order):

One thing that has tripped me up repeatedly but not listed on either is
your terminal encoding. If you're messing around with Unicode but your
terminal encoding is not set to UTF-8 or something like it you're going
to have trouble seeing output correctly. One nightmare recently resulted
from having two terminal windows open, one with a UTF-8 encoding and one
without, and me trying to figure out what was wrong with my code (answer


On Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 06:02 PM, Walt Mankowski wrote:
> Several people emailed me today asking if we were going to have a
> meeting tomorrow.  I've got admit, our current "first Monday of the
> month" schedule has become really bad for me.  In September I started
> teaching a class at Drexel that meets every Tuesday at 9:30 in the
> morning.  It's a 3-term course.  Part 2 starts on Tuesday and runs
> through mid-March.  Part 3 will start in April and run until June, and
> I'm guessing it's likely to meet Tuesday mornings as well.  I've never
> taught this course (or anything else!) before, and I like to spend
> Monday evenings preparing for class.
> So some other day of the week would work better for me.
> John Karr emailed me a few days to suggest a topic:
> > I'm working on a project where I have to deal with character
> > encoding issues a lot.  I'd like to suggest a Unicode Gripe and
> > Solutions session.
> That sounds like a great topic to me.  I've never had to deal with
> unicode programmatically so I couldn't contribute anything, but I'd
> like to hear what people have to say in case I ever do.
> I'd like to also suggest that if anyone has any topic suggestions,
> please send them to the mailing list instead of to me directly.  This
> is doubly true if you're going to email me on a holiday when I'm about
> to head out of town for the better part of two days and am likely to
> forget about your email when I get back. :)
> So, to answer the questions, no, we don't have a meeting scheduled for
> tomorrow.  I'm not even sure if we even have the room scheduled.  I
> suppose there's still time to organize a social meeting, but I
> probably won't make it.
> Walt
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