Adopt-A-Character Grant to Support Egyptian Hieroglyphs

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Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:40:49 -0700

[cartouche]The Adopt-a-Character program has awarded a grant to support
further development of Egyptian hieroglyphs in the Unicode Standard. The
initial grant allows a Unicode encoding expert to participate in a
meeting at the University of Cambridge on Egyptian hieroglyphs. One
meeting goal is to progress the representation of Unicode Egyptian
hieroglyphs, including extending the repertoire. The meeting is hosted
by the working group "Informatique et Egyptologie" of the International
Association of Egyptologists, and will take place from 11-12 July, 2016.

Egyptian hieroglyphs date from the end of the fourth millennium BCE, and
were used for more than 3,000 years. They represent a significant
milestone in the world's written legacy, capturing important literary,
historical, and religious works. Egyptian hieroglyphs are studied by
academics and also attract interest from the general public, young and old.

In 2009, a core set of Egyptian hieroglyphs was published in Unicode
5.2. In January 2016, three new format control characters, which will
aid in the layout of Egyptian hieroglyphs, were approved by the Unicode
Technical Committee. The three new format characters, as well as a large
preliminary proposal for additional Egyptian hieroglyphs, will be
discussed at the Cambridge meeting. The Cambridge meeting is a further
step in the process of improving the support of Unicode Egyptian

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