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Media: Telugu Internet Conference held: discusses Unicode, fonts

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Writing Systems

Media Body: The First International Telugu Internet Conference (2011) was held in
Milpitas,
California on September 28-30. Telugu is the third-most spoken
language in
India, spoken mainly in the state of Andhra Pradesh, but is lacking in
computer support. The Conference addressed concerns of encoding,
interoperability, and computational issues specific to the language.

The Hindu reports that the Minister for Information Technology and
Computers, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, put forth the initiative and funding for
the
research and development of a complete Telugu font. It is still not fully
encoded in Unicode. The Andhra Pradesh State Government has
become a
member of the Unicode Consortium, the first government entity to do
so.
<http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article2496445.ece>;

At a press conference, the Hyderabad Daily News reports that
Lakshmaiah
has ambitious goals: “We are currently developing six Telugu fonts in
unicode
that will be standardised for internet use. These fonts will be brought
into
unicode by December this year.”
<http://www.hyderabaddailynews.com/2011/09/09/first-international-
telugu-
internet-conference/>

The Conference aimed to highlight specific areas of language
technology that
are deficient in Telugu support: 'language editors, spell checker, and
text-to-
speech' because Telugu is an “agglutinating language with a very
complex
morphology coupled with prolific sandhi (also known in linguistic terms
as
morphophonemics).' says Prof. G. Uma Maheswara Rao of the Centre
for
Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad.
<http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article2503353.ece>;

The official site for the Conference is here:
<https://sites.google.com/site/iticgift/>;
Issue Number: 22.3903
Date Posted: October 06, 2011

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