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 Exploring Alphabets      ( A,B,C's, Alphabets, Abjads and Abugidas -- from Database Design Note Series )
 Before dealing with mixed Scripts and Languages, you need to know that the common word Alphabet doesn't
 quite mean the same thing in other Languages. This Note may help expose the implications for your upgrade.

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 Exploring Complex Text Layout      ( Handling all those "Alphabets" -- from Database Design Note Series )
 If you've only used simple alphabets, where each letter is an independent entity, and text runs from left to right,
 you'll need to become more aware of the variety of issues you may encounter. This introduction will help.

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 Exploring UTF-8       ( Efficient Storage of Multi-Lingual/Multi-Script Data -- from Database Design Note Series )
 The UTF-8 formatting of Unicode values has proven to be the best compromise between efficient storage and the
 ability to easily handle multiple scripts, but there are implications for your schema. This will explain why that is.

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 Evaluating Fonts for use in Multi-Lingual Documents   ( Displaying the Data -- from Database Design Note Series )
 As you add data in new Languages and Scripts to your database, you'll soon learn that many apps can't display
 that data well (or at all). Here's why. A Bash Script is included to assist in evaluating your font collection.

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 Exploring Bi-Directional Text Entry       ( Entering the Data -- from Database Design Note Series )
 Entering or editing text in multiple Languages and Scripts can be confusing, particularly if bi-directional text is to
 be entered in the same paragraph or sentence. This tutorial is intended to clarify that process.

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