Hi Gautam, I have some points to share, but got to go back to work now. Can I get back on this later?
- Sundar "That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted." - George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture ----- Original Message ---- > From: Gautam John <gau...@prathambooks.org> > To: Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia. ><email@example.com> > Sent: Thu, February 17, 2011 11:29:27 AM > Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] (OT) On the importance of Unicode > > Hey Everyone: > > This one isn't directly connected with Wikimedia projects but is, > IMHO, one element of any Wikimedia project in India - Unicode. > > I'm trying to bring together some ideas as to why Unicode is > important, what the upsides and downsides are. My initial thoughts: > > 1. While there are many ways to achieve a legal framework for > inter-operable content (CC, GFDL, PD or the Copyright Act Amendment > for the PI) etc. there needs to be a technical framework for such > interoperability as well. > 2. Given that we publish in Indian languages, using Unicode fonts are > the only way to achieve cross-platform interoperability and is a > global standard. > 3. Given India's push towards copyright reform for the print impaired, > it is imperative that Unicode fonts be used in the creation of Indic > content because it is otherwise a huge barrier to conversion to > print-friendly formats. > 4. Unicode, being an open global standard guarantees content > accessibility in the future and ensures no proprietary font and vendor > lock in. > 5. The limitation is on the lack of high quality and varied typefaces > that are both screen and print optimised open type Indic Unicode > fonts. > 6. Given the importance of linguistic diversity to India's cultural > heritage, it is imperative that greater attention is paid to the > development of such fonts under licenses that allow for free re-use > and to fix issues in the fonts that might arise. > 7. The Govt. should fund the open development of at least 5 such fonts > for each the 21 Constitutionally recognised languages and make these > available not just for free, but under free license to re-use and > improve as well. > 8. The GoI has recognised this and notified Unicode 5.1.0 as the > de-facto standard for all eGovernance projects. This standard needs to > be more widely adopted for all Government digital projects and any > software or content procurement as well. > > Would love to hear your thoughts. > > Thank you. > > Best, > > Gautam > ________ > http://social.prathambooks.org/ > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > _______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l