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Unicode support?

Hi there!

I'm currently developing my own 'community' and I'm seriously thinking about supporting multiple character sets (like Unicode, etc) to make it possible for people around the world to join and fill out information in their own language (like in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, etc). Yet, this makes the whole project a LOT more complex.

Now my question: Do folks in e.g. Asia understand enough English to, let's say, describe their interests or their person in English? Which would make Unicode support unnecessary? Or is it a wise idea to support Unicode? What are your experiences?

I understand that my community will be pretty small at the beginning, but there is always a potential for it to grow, so I'll try to be open to new visitors (and their languages) as soon as possible.

Any input will be appreciated,
Thank you.

EDIT: The community will properly not be limited to a web interface (that is, HTML), so just implementing Unicode in HTML/HTTP is not enough
Jul 3 '07 #1
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MMcCarthy
14,534 Expert Mod 8TB
This community has members from all over the world. For practical reasons we only support posts in English. Because we are a technical website it is not practical to support any further languages. Most members seem to have enough understanding of the English language to get by and our experts try to be patient with those who are struggling.
Jul 3 '07 #2
drhowarddrfine
7,435 Expert 4TB
Everything is switching to unicode eventually and you don't lose anything by doing so. So just go with it.
Jul 3 '07 #3
Thank you to both of you for your reply!

I guess it's a good idea to use Unicode then.
Jul 4 '07 #4

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