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December 22, 1998

The Long-Awaited CJKV Information Processing is Released

SEBASTOPOL, CA--Ken Lunde's 1993 book Understanding Japanese Information Processing quickly became the indispensable reference for software developers creating products for the Japanese market. Developers, project managers, and translators demanded a Japanese language edition, and in 1995 Nihongo Jyouhou Shori was released. Unfortunately for those developers straddling the Pacific, Understanding Japanese Information Processing has been unavailable for more than a year, while Lunde worked on this new, updated and expanded edition: CJKV Information Processing (O'Reilly, $ 64.95). But according to Lunde, it was worth the wait.

"Not only are all the Japanese portions revised and updated, but now the book covers Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese sections" explains Ken Lunde, the author. "It includes exhaustive descriptions of scripts, character sets, and encoding. It provides a brief description of the writing systems, a thorough background of the history and current state of character sets, detailed information on encoding methods, code conversion techniques, input methods, keyboard arrays, font formats typography, output methods, algorithms and sample source code. It covers how writing systems impact Internet resources such as the Web, HTML, XML, Java, and Adobe Acrobat. It was my intention that this book become the definitive source for information relating to CJKV information processing issues."

And Lunde succeeded. CJKV Information Processing is the definitive guide for tackling difficult issues faced when dealing with complex Asian languages-Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese--in the context of computing or Internet services. Unlike the English alphabet (a mere 26 characters), these languages use multiple alphabets comprising thousands of characters. Handling such an unwieldy amount of data is formidable and complex. Until now, the task of working with these writing systems was unattainable to most. CJKV Information Processing clarifies the issues, even to those who don't understand East Asian languages.

In addition to thorough coverage of the topic, invaluable appendixes--everything from code conversion tables, character set tables, and character set indexes, to mapping tables, Perl code examples, and a glossary-will make this a dog-eared reference in no time.

About the Author

Ken Lunde received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in linguistics in 1994 with a dissertation entitled, Prescriptive Kanji Simplification. He also authored Understanding Japanese Information Processing (O'Reilly, 1993). He joined Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1991, and is currently Manager, CJKV Type Development.

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CJKV Information Processing
Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese Computing
By Ken Lunde
1st Edition December 1998 (US)
ISBN: 1-56592-224-7, 1128 pages, $64.95 (US)

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