Preserving languages in the digital environment
Date & Time
Sunday, November 13, 2022, 4:00 PM
Bridget Chase John Hudson Neil Patel

Take an in-depth look at the processes of supporting indigenous writing systems in digital media, from the encoding of characters and building of fonts to the development of keyboards and online resources for language communities. John Hudson explains the Unicode paradigm for text encoding and the choices facing type designers making fonts for indigenous languages. Neil Patel discusses the process of getting scripts supported in Unicode, from character encoding proposals to standardization of locale data such as alphabet ordering for particular languages, as well as development and distribution of keyboard software. Finally, Bridget Chase presents a case study of building online language resources: the work of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s FirstVoices project.

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