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Ken majored in linguistics at University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in 1987, Master of Arts degree in 1988, and graduated with a doctoral thesis on the simplification of Japanese characters in 1994, titled “Prescriptive Kanji Simplification” and written under the supervision of Professor Andrew Sihler.
Prior to graduation, he joined Adobe Systems in 1991, where he works on font development and programming for information processing in CJKV languages. He wrote two books on these topics. A second edition of "CJKV Information Processing" was published at the end of 2008.
- "CJKV Information Processing" Second Edition, (2008–12), ISBN 978-0-596-51447-1
- "CJKV Information Processing" First Edition, (1998-12), ISBN 1-56592-224-7 (translated into Japanese and Chinese in 2002)
- "Understanding Japanese Information Processing", (1993-09), ISBN 1-56592-043-0 (translated into Japanese in 1995)
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