Encoding the Mayan Script: your Adopt-a-Character sponsorships at work

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Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2016 13:28:32 -0700

[Mayan Image] <http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html>The
first grant of funds from Unicode's Adopt-a-Character
<http://unicode.org/consortium/adopt-a-character.html> program has been
awarded to UC Berkeley's Script Encoding Initiative (SEI)
<http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/sei/>, for the first two phases of a
project to include Mayan hieroglyphs as Unicode characters.

Thanks go to our sponsors
<http://unicode.org/consortium/adopted-characters.html> for providing
funds to support this grant. Adopting a character helps the Unicode
Consortium in its goal to support the world's languages

Mayan hieroglyphs were used from 250 BCE until the 1500s. Mayan textual
records include historical, literary, religious, and mythological
information, as well as a sophisticated mathematical system on par with
that of the Romans. Mayan astronomical records continue to capture the
attention of astronomers today. Including Mayan hieroglyphs as Unicode
characters will allow them to be used on computers around the world. See
more about Mayan

Mayan is a complex script, requiring special support in layout and
presentation. The first phase is a catalog and analysis of the Dresden
codex, resulting in a draft set of Unicode atomic signs and composition
mechanisms needed for full Mayan text. The second phase is based on that
analysis: preparation of a proposal for layout and presentation
mechanisms in Unicode text, using those atomic elements. These two
phases are to be completed in 2017.


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