Michael Everson is an alphabetician based in Westport, Co. Mayo, expert on the writing systems of the world. His company, Everson Typography, supports minority-language communities, especially in the fields of character standardization and internationalization. He is one of the co-authors of the Unicode Standard, and is a Contributing Editor and Irish National Representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, the committee responsible for the development and maintenance of the Universal Character Set. He is a font designer who has contributed to the encoding in the UCS of a large number of scripts (Braille, Buginese, Buhid, Cherokee, Canadian Syllabics, Coptic, Cypriot, Deseret, Ethiopic, Glagolitic, Gothic, Hanunˆ„o, Khmer, Limbu, Linear B, Myanmar, N'ko, Ogham, Old Italic, Old Persian Cuneiform, Osmanya, Phoenician, Runic, Shavian, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tagbanwa, Tai Le, Tibetan, Ugaritic, and Yi). He is working on proposals to encode a number of ancient and lesser-known scripts (Batak, Blissymbolics, Brahmi, Chakma, Cham, Cirth, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Hungarian Runic, Indus, Lepcha, Linear A, Luvian, Mayan Hieroglyphics, Meithei, Meroitic, Naxi Geba, Newari, Ol Cemet', Old Permic, Pahawh Hmong, Rongorongo, Siddham, Sorang Sompeng, South Arabian, Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform, Sutton SignWriting, Tengwar, Varang Kshiti). His work on Afghan locale specifications in 2002 was supported by the United Nations Development Programme. His work in 2004 on the N'Ko encoding was supported by UNESCO's Initiative B@bel, and his work in 2004 on the encoding of Balinese was supported by UNESCO's Initiative B@bel and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.