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NRSI: Computers & Writing Systems

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Welcome to SIL’s Non-Roman Script Initiative

Sharon Correll

Scripts Around the World

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The Non-Roman Script Initiative is a department of  SIL International whose task is to provide computing resources for minority language groups around the world who write their languages in complex ways.

The NRSI Vision

Our vision is that language communities and the people who work for them be able to work effectively and productively regardless of the writing system used in a given community, i.e., that script-related computing issues do not impede them in their work.

Our mission

The mission of the Non-Roman Script Initiative is to provide guidance, information, research and development for SIL International and its partners to facilitate the use of non-Roman and complex scripts in linguistic study, translation, literacy and publishing.



Links

  • Computers and Writing Systems home page - lots of technical information on complex scripts - or see the sidebar at the left
  • Examples of scripts with complex behaviors
  •  SIL International
  • Email us: .

Could you be a part of our team?

Providing non-Roman computer solutions requires many skills such as those of...

  • Type Designer: creates digital fonts with the special character designs needed
  • Script Engineer: develops and adapts software to make non-Roman fonts behave correctly
  • Script Researcher: investigates and describes how writing systems work for various languages
  • Programmer: writes the software tools needed for font development and text processing in complex scripts
  • Technical Writer: prepares documentation for font and utility packages, writes web-based training material
  • Unicode Expert: interacts with the software industry and international standards bodies in support of minority language groups
  • Technical Projects Manager: helps the rest of the team make progress in their work!

NRSI staff are volunteers who are financially sponsored by others who want to support these various projects. There are also opportunities for part-time involvement. For more information on these opportunities and how you might fit in to the team, see the  SIL FAQ or contact the NRSI at: .

Meet the NRSI team

NRSI Team Meeting, 2014



Jim Brase - script research, training development

Jon Coblentz - script engineering

Sharon Correll - software development

Lorna Evans - industry interaction, font design, user support



Tim Eves - software development

Victor Gaultney - font design, NRSI Director

Bob Hallissy - script engineering, software development, user support

Becca Hirsbrunner - font design



Martin Hosken - script research, script engineering, software development, user support

Peter Martin - font design, web site development

Annie Olsen - font design

David Raymond - software development and support



Martin Raymond - script information

Nicolas Spalinger - script engineer, software licensing

Alan Ward - software development and support




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