Re: FYI (Transliteration)
Forwarded from the WG-I18N mailing list of TERENA (From Borka Jerman-Blazic,
Representing characters in other alphabets using Unicode simply isn't
enough already :-)
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>I am the chair of the International Organization for Standardization
>subcommittee responsible for transliteration (ISO/TC46/SC2: Conversion of
>As a committee, with associated working groups, ISO/TC46/SC2 next meets in
>London from 12-14 May 1997, at the Headquarters of BSI (British Standards
>Institution). The current working groups are as listed below, although
>expansion beyond this to include other scripts will also be under
>consideration at the May 1997 meeting.
>WG: Current scope:
>WG1: Transliteration of Cyrillic
>WG2: Transliteration of Arabic
>WG3: Transliteration of Hebrew
>WG4: Transliteration of Korean
>WG5: Transliteration of Greek
>WG6: Transliteration of Chinese
>WG7: Transliteration of Japanese
>WG8: Joint SC/SC4 Working Group: Relations between transliteration
> and machine representation of characters
>WG9: Transliteration of Thai
>WG10: Transliteration of Mongolian
>WG11: Transliteration of Persian
>Despite all the work on ISO/IEC 10646 and Unicode, there will always be a
>need for transliteration as long as people do not have the same level of
>competence in all scripts besides the script used in their mother-tongue,
>and may have a need to deal with these languages, or when they have to
>deal with mechanical or computerised equipment which does not provide all
>the scripts of characters that they need.
>People are now begining to realise that transliteration may have more
>indirect impact on other aspects of multilingual computing than they had
>A mailing list and Web Site for ISO/TC46/SC2
>The secretary (Evangelos Melagrakis from Greece) and I now intend to make
>transliteration and ISO/TC46/SC2 far more visible and far more relevant to
>end users than it has been in the past.
>To enable this, ELOT (the Greek national standards body) has set up an
>electronic mailing list for ISO/TC46/SC2 (email@example.com) and a related
>Web site <http://www.elot.gr/tc46sc2/list/>.
>We hope this list will attract researchers and scientists who can add
>useful information which might assist in developing standards on the
>Conversion of Written Languages.
>We also hope to have an emphasis on issues of using computers to do
>appropriate transformations necessary in automated transliteration, and also
>look forward to having regular contact with those on this list who are
>interested in such issues.
>There are quite a few with an interest in transliteration in library
>catalogues on the list, but there are other potential users of
>There are now over 240 subscribers to firstname.lastname@example.org, from 41 countries
>and territories which indicate the worldwide interest.
>One major advantage of email is the ability to involve far more people in
>the development of a common purpose than were involved before, to get user
>feedback, and expert opinion from various sources.
>Subscribing to the mailing list for ISO/TC46/SC2
>In order to join the list, send an email to
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> subscribe tc46sc2 email@example.com
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>Other members will also be interested to see who else is joining the list, so
>it is useful to send a brief introduction (say, one or two short paragraphs)
>to firstname.lastname@example.org at the outset, saying what languages, scripts and other
>things you are involved in. That is the most likely way to stimulate others
>to write on the subjects you are interested in!
>You should also inform your national standards body to express your interest
>in participating in this list. I can provide some information on details of
>your national member body of ISO, if you send me an email requesting this.
>I look forward to seeing new participants on this list. Please feel free to
>forward this to anyone else who may be interested in transliteration
>standardisation issues, and to send any queries about the list to me.
> Yours sincerely
> John Clews
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> John Clews (Chairman of ISO/TC46/SC2: Conversion of Written Languages)
>SESAME Computer Projects, 8 Avenue Rd. * email: Converse@sesame.demon.co.uk
>Harrogate, HG2 7PG, United Kingdom * telephone: +44 (0) 1423 888 432
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