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Roman Script to Arabic Script Conversion
The SIL Converters software provide the framework to convert your texts from Roman script to Arabic script. This document is not a manual of SIL Converters or the TECkit mapping language but attempts to highlight some principles that need to be considered when converting text from Roman script to Arabic script.
An Experiment in Converting Legacy Data to Unicode and XML
This is a quick example to give a general overview of the complete process of converting a legacy file to Unicode (UTF-8) and XML (we have chosen to use OSIS markup format). Learning about the various utilities will take time, but this should give you the big picture.
Encoding Conversion Frequently Asked Questions and Known Issues
Frequently Asked Questions and Known Issues concerning conversion of legacy data to Unicode.
SIL IPA93 Data Conversion
Step-by-step instructions on how to convert Microsoft Word, text or Standard Format (sfm) documents that use SIL IPA93 fonts in order to use Unicode fonts.
Are there fonts available that will work for you?
This article helps you know what to consider when looking for fonts to meet your Unicode needs.
When to Convert to Unicode
This article will help you recognize whether you and your language data have entered the window of opportunity for converting your data to Unicode. It will also help you predict whether you are approaching the end of the window: the point where a conversion is necessary. It will help you decide whether now is the time to convert.
Is the technical expertise to do the conversion available to you?
Actually converting data to Unicode requires special expertise. Some users can learn what is required. This article explores whether you should get help or whether you have the expertise to attempt it by yourself.
Does available Unicode software meet your needs?
For Unicode to work, the operating system and other programs you use need to know how to use it correctly. This article will help you decide if all your software is in place for you to use Unicode.
What is Unicode? and Why do I need to use Unicode?
Unicode is a character encoding standard that has widespread acceptance. This article describes what it is and why you need it.
Do your colleagues use Unicode?
If you need to exchange data with people who have not made the switch to Unicode, then that may be reason for you to wait until they are ready to convert at the same time as you are. On the other hand, if you need to exchange data with people who have already made the switch, then it may well be time for you to join them. This article helps you make that decision.
Are you ready to learn about how to use Unicode?
As you think through when to do a conversion, find out how much you’ll have to learn.
Is it time to archive your data?
When it is time to archive data for people to use in the future, Unicode is really the only reasonable option.
Is software going to force Unicode on you?
For Unicode to work, the operating system and other programs you use need to know how to use it correctly. This article will help you make some hard choices.
Is anyone requiring you to use Unicode?
When considering converting to Unicode you need to know if any organization requires you to use it.
Can you type all the characters you need?
This article discusses how you will input (keyboard) all the characters you need.
Are you willing and able to “straddle the fence”?
If you can answer “yes” to this question, you will have more flexibility as to when to convert. This article helps you figure out the answer.
Complex Mapping Description: A Description of Extended UTR22
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