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March DevOps Meetup

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Lindsay H. and Mick P.


Doors open at 18.00 for a 18.15 start.

Katie McLaughlin - The Power and Responsibility of Unicode Adoption

Communication is difficult.

Whether it’s between humans or machines or a combination of the two, trying to translate meaningful information is a lossy process. Converting programming languages to use the new Unicode standard is hard, but once it's in place, you get this marvellous feature-add: Emoji compatibility. No longer do we have to make faces with symbols, or be forced to platform-specific emoticons! Rejoice in the extended character set!

However, as platforms and social networks feverishly try and clamber into this bandwagon, their implementations of the standard create more issues with miscommunication that aren't already possible with a 12x12 pictograph.

From the technical to the social aspects, this talk will cover why the extended character set provided by the Unicode standard needs to be treated with responsibility by users and platforms alike.

Lightning talks (5-10 minutes each):

• Anatomy of a platform outage - Michael Richardson (

If you want to give a lightning talk, please let Mick & Lindsay know (!

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