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Script Encoding Initiative Contributions

The Consortium is particularly grateful to the work of the Script Encoding Initiative (SEI), under the direction of Dr. Deborah Anderson. The SEI project, located in the department of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, has undertaken the important work of preparing proposals for encoding for less-commonly used scripts and those of scholarly or historic interest. The SEI organization has engaged with the user communities, prepared proposals, provided fonts, and shepherded many proposals successfully through both the Unicode Technical Committee and the JTC1/SC2/WG2 ISO/IEC 10646 standardization processes.

The new scripts and characters proposed by SEI and encoded in the Unicode Standard include:

  • Aegean Numbers, Cypriot Syllabary, Linear B, and Tai Le scripts and characters in Version 4.0
  • Buginese, Coptic, Georgian additions, Glagolitic, and Old Persian scripts and characters, with assistance on Kharosthi, in Version 4.1
  • Balinese, N'Ko, Phoenician, and Sumero-Akkadian scripts in Version 5.0
  • Carian, Cham, Cyrillic additions for historic characters, Kayah Li, Latin additions for Medievalists, Lepcha, Lycian, Lydian, Myanmar additions for minority languages, Ol Chiki, Rejang, Saurashtra, Sundanese, and Vai scripts and characters in Version 5.1
  • Avestan, Bamum, Common Indic Number Forms, Devanagari Extended, Egyptian Heiroglyphs, Imperial Aramaic, Inscriptional Pahlavi, Inscriptional Parthian, Javanese, Kaithi, Meetei Mayek, Old South Arabian, Old Turkic, Rumi Numeral Symbols, Samaritan, Tai Tham (Lanna), Tai Viet, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabic additions, and Vedic Extension scripts and characters in Version 5.2
  • Mandaic, Batak, Brahmi, Bamum additions for historic characters, and Arabic additions for Kashmiri in Version 6.0
  • Arabic Mathematical Alphabetic Symbols, Chakma, Meetei Mayek additions, Meroitic Cursive, Meroitic Hieroglyphs, Miao, Sharada, Sora Sompeng, Sundanese Supplement, and Takri in Version 6.1
  • Bassa Vah, Caucasian Albanian, Coptic Epact Numbers, Duployan, Elbasan, Khojki, Khudawadi, Linear A, Mahajani, Manichaean, Mende Kikakui, Modi, Nabataean, Old North Arabian, Old Permic, Pahawh Hmong, Palmyrene, Pau Cin Hau, Psalter Pahlavi, Siddham, Tirhuta, Warang Citi, and various characters from Webdings and Wingdings in Version 7.0
  • Anatolian Hieroglyphs, Early Dynastic Cuneiform, Hatran,  Meroitic Cursive numbers/fractions, Multani, Old Hungarian, Sharada additions, and Siddham additions in Version 8.0.
  • Adlam, Bhaiksuki, Newa, and Tangut in Version 9.0.

Acknowledgements for individual authors of specific SEI proposals are given in the version specific acknowledgements for contributions to The Unicode Standard.

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