Invitation to Participate in a Workshop on Functional Multilingual Extensions to Keyboard Layouts

From: Erkki I. Kolehmainen (
Date: Sun Mar 09 2008 - 09:20:38 CST

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    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 <>
    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.

    Sincerely, Erkki

    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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