Open Workshop on Multilingual Extensions to Current Latin Keyboards

From: Erkki I. Kolehmainen (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2008 - 02:21:22 CST

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    Dear All,

    An open workshop to produce a document on considerations and possible guidance on how to expand the existing keyboard layouts to support multilingualism will be kicked-off on 25 January 2008 at CEN, the European standards organization. The urgency of such support stems from the practical and legal requirements that result from the free movement of people and goods within the European Union, but the findings will in no way be limited to the EU with its many official, regional and minority languages. The participation is also free to any interested party anywhere in the world, although the workshop will be organized under the auspices of CEN.

    The workshop that has been fostered by CEN/ISSS CDFG (the Cultural Diversity Focus Group of the CEN Information Society Standardization System, a Unicode Liaison member) has a highly pragmatic approach: The users of the existing keyboards should be able to continue their current way of operation with the extended layouts, and the new functionality should be intuitively recognizable to the extent possible. Thus, the workshop has no intention to define any specific, let alone a Pan-European keyboard layout. Liaison is sought with e.g., ISO/IEC JTC1/SC35 to minimize the risk of further divergence between actual implementations and formal standards (ISO/IEC 9995 series).

    Information on this workshop (WS/MEEK), including the draft business plan and how to participate (with or without physical presence) is available via the CEN main page at

    If interested, please join!


    Erkki I. Kolehmainen
    Tilkankatu 12 A 3, FI-00300 Helsinki, Finland
    Puh. (09) 4368 2643, 0400 825 943; Tel. +358 9 4368 2643, +358 400 825 943

    P.S. I apologise for those of you who will receive multiple copies of this announcement, since I'll distribute it to the Unicde, Unicore, CLDR, and CLDR-Users lists.

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