NEH Support for Unicode Script Encoding Project

From: Deborah W. Anderson (
Date: Wed Dec 22 2004 - 09:51:26 CST

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    I have some good news to report:

    The National Endowment for the Humanities has just approved funding for the "Universal Scripts Project", which is a continuation of the "Script Encoding Initiative" started two years ago at UC Berkeley. This funding provides a solid beginning for work on Unicode script proposals, including Egyptian hieroglyphs and several important minority and historic scripts.

    This formal recognition and support of character encoding by the NEH marks the first time that a U.S. governmental body has provided such funding. (UNESCO, under the Initiative B@bel program, has also been extremely supportive of minority script encoding in the last year, and has provided funding for the encoding of the N'ko and Balinese scripts.)

    NEH funding for the Universal Scripts Project will run for two years from January 2005 through the end of 2006, under my leadership. Terms of the NEH grant require that substantial third-party donations be raised in addition, so interested parties are encouraged to see the SEI web pages for further information.


    With best wishes,

        Deborah Anderson
        Researcher, Dept. of Linguistics
        UC Berkeley

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