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About the Presenter

Ed Trager is a bioinformatics programmer at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. He is the author of Madeline, a program used by researchers conducting "gene scan" linkage studies to search for genes responsible for inherited human diseases, and the lead architect of Gladiator, a web-based clinical and genetics data entry system for use in research hospitals1.

In addition to his interests in bioinformatics, Ed has always been interested in human languages and cultures. He has spent years in Asia where he studied Chinese and Thai. Ed's computational and linguistic pursuits have provided fertile ground in which his interest in Unicode and software internationalization has sprouted.

He wrote and maintains the web-based guide, A Quick Primer On Unicode and Software Internationalization Under Linux and Related Free/Libre Open Source Operating Systems2, to which he recently added the resource, Unicode Font Guide For Free/Libre Open Source Operating Systems3.

1. See for links to Madeline and Gladiator.
2. Unicode page:
3. Font Guide: