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UnicodeChecker 1.9

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UnicodeChecker Icon UnicodeChecker is quite unlike iTunes. It performs rather specialised tasks which gives it a small and dedicated audience. And unlike iTunes, UnicodeChecker cannot be updated to a new major version every other week or so for a few half-assed changes to its polish. Instead, there’ll be a number of subtle changes every now and then which only increase the version number slightly.

Apart from fixing a few bugs, this version introduces a major new feature: UnicodeChecker’s abilities are made available to other applications by putting them into a Framework that should be easily accessible from your code. So if you need the odd bit of Unicode trickery in your application and you feel that going through AppleScript was too cumbersome or too slow, you may want to give this one a try. As this is very new, Steffen will be keen to hear your remarks on how well it works for you.

The other big improvement is that UnicodeChecker’s Utility for Escaping URLs has been removed and replaced by a much more flexible escaping utility that will also convert your Unicode strings to C, Java or CSS. The wonderful world of different escaping definitions means that all of

stand for the same characters and I’ll leave it to you to find out what they stand for and which languages they’re in. In the course of doing this, AppleScript support for the escaping feature has also been extended. In fact, it even offers the extra feature of letting you manually specify which characters to omit from conversion. I find this useful for URLs with the # sign in them. Technically it’s not clear whether the # is part of the page’s address and should be encoded to %23 or whether it signifies an anchor and shouldn’t be encoded.

The UI has also been improved with a Dock menu for instant access to Utility windows and the find feature as well as improved keyboard equivalents for navigating different Utility windows. And in the main window you can now use a little split-view nipple to set which proportion of the window height you want for the displayed character and which for the information about it.

November 4, 2005, 1:50

Tagged as earthlingsoft, UnicodeChecker.

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Comment by Anonymous: User icon

Does snowman + ä mean anything? Or am I decoding improperly?

November 4, 2005, 9:38

Comment by ssp: User icon

Your decoding is good… I just tried to find a fun/simple example with codepoints from BMP and one of the higher planes.

November 4, 2005, 11:30

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