This is about an experience with internationalization and Unicode I’ve had recently.
My uncle has our family tree in an old version of Family Tree Maker (FTM). I figured family trees should be on the Net, like Google Documents, because they are common to so many people. A quick search revealed the existence of at least three family tree hosting sites. However, our tree is in Russian, in an 8-bit character encoding, so I had to take care of i18n.
Of the three sites, two used the Latin-1 character set, and so wouldn’t show Russian at all. (more…)