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Project Runeberg's front page section for December 2012:

Twenty years December 1992-December 2012

Project Runeberg growth since 2003

Project Runeberg started in the evening of December 13, 1992, which means we are now entering our 21st year. During 2012 we have reached several milestones:

There are also many things we didn't accomplish:

Unicode conversion


An 8 minute video explains in Swedish how and why we're converting to Unicode. If you have a problem to view the video, perhaps the version on Facebook works better.

One fifth of our collection or some 200,000 scanned pages was uploaded before 2005 and its text was encoded in ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1), an international 8-bit standard defined in the 1980s for letters of the north European languages. It can represent Danish æøå, French àçë, German äöüß, Swedish åäö, and Icelandic þð, but not Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Chinese letters or other special characters.

More recently, all texts have been uploaded in UTF-8 (Unicode, ISO 10646), an international standard capable of representing many thousands of characters from virtually all languages of the earth.

During December 2012, we have been converting texts from the old standard to the new one. The video (above) illustrates this. Another example is seen in our preface to Fänrik Ståls sägner, one of our first e-texts from 1993.


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