From: Erkki I. Kolehmainen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Mar 09 2008 - 09:20:38 CST
Dear All - with apologies to those who receive this in multiple copies,
CEN, the European standards organization, has set up a Workshop on
Functional Multilingual Extensions to European Keyboard Layouts (CEN/ISSS
WS/MEEK). In spite of its name, the Workshop is not necessarily limited to
European aspects (although primarily to the Latin script), depending on the
participants. As per its business plan, participation to the Workshop is
open to all interested parties, whether European or not.
The kick-off meeting was held in Brussels on 25 January 2008.
The secretariat of the WS is held by CSC - The Finnish IT Centre for Science
- on behalf of SFS - The Finnish Standards Association. The officers of the
WS can be reached at: meek AT postit dot csc dot fi. The home site for the
WS is at <http://www.csc.fi/meek> http://www.csc.fi/meek.
The CEN site for the WS is at:
The CEN site holds the approved Busines Plan and a call for a Project Team
of 3 to 5 voluntary experts. Applications for the Project Team are to be
submitted to CEN by 14 March 2008. Those wishing to participate in the
Workshop, should contact the secretary, Mr. Tero Aalto at CSC. The actual
operation of the Worksop will commence after the Project Team has been set
up, which will thus be somewhat later than envisaged in the Business Plan.
I'd hope for an active, representative participation, which is the only way
to achieve a quality result.
As per its business plan, the Workshop will prepare a single-part CWA (CEN
Workshop Agreement) covering at least the following areas:
* a list of aspects to be taken into consideration when designing
regional multilingual keyboards and related input methods (both technical,
legal and relating to usability);
specific recommendation and guidance related to the above aspects;
considerations and possibly guidance for publicly available
terminals, e.g. in Internet Cafes, for travellers, etc.
The Workshop will not define any national or language-specific keyboard
layouts. Some such layouts may be used as examples.
The WSA is expected to be published in early 2009.
Erkki I. Kolehmainen, Chair, CEN/ISSS WS/MEEK
Tilkankatu 12 A 3, FI-00300 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 4368 2643, Mob. +358 400 825 943
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