More About the Author
I'm an IT generalist and specialist with strong interest in humanities--and humans. This explains why I have focused on character codes, localization, and accessibility.
After M.Sc. degree in mathematics, I worked with IT services, user support, software development, and teaching at Helsinki University of Technology over 25 years and also started writing books. Later, I have worked as an author and consultant, in addition to employment periods at the Finnish Information Society Development Center (IT standardization) and at the Blue1 airline company (multilingual online sales and web site). My books in Finnish deal with programming languages (Fortran, Pascal, C), Unix, web publishing, HTML, CSS, data security, office document design and style, and web typography.
My motto is "Docendo disco, scribendo cogito"--by teaching I learn, by writing I think. I love to get deeper insight and wider understanding by formulating things for others, in a manner that is both understandable and informative, correct, and useful--a real challenge.
I'm an advocate of standardization, but with realism learned the hard way. I always try to promote relevant standards and consensus-based recommendations, but I also try to point out their shortcomings and problems in acceptance and in implementations.
You might find me on various discussion forums on the Internet, but I'm partly an old-timer who loved the good old Usenet, where I frequented in many web-related groups. I'm adapting to the new modes of communication, which are partly much more effective (like moderated e-mail lists and StackOverflow).