Support


Developing a Unicode encoding for a script requires aptitude that spans multiple disciplines. It taps into fields as diverse as software engineering, data standardization, information architecture, linguistics, history, anthropology, typography, and policy. It demands collaborative engagements with native users, scholars, software developers, font designers, and national standards bodies. It also requires support. I am thankful that my contributions have been made possible in part by:

  • Unicode Adopt-A-Character Program

    The Adopt-A-Character program of the Unicode Consortium provided grants for completing proposals for the following scripts:

    • 2018: Book Pahlavi, Persian Siyaq Numbers, Uighur [announcement].

    • 2017: Elymaic, Khwarezmian, and Dives Akuru [announcement]. Ottoman Siyaq Numbers was also completed under this grant.

    • 2016-17: Hanifi Rohingya, Nandinagari, Old Sogdian, and Sogdian [announcement]

    Please consider sponsoring a Unicode character to support the encoding of additional scripts. Contributions are a tax-deductible donation in the United States, to the extent allowed by law, and your company may provide matching funds.

  • Google Research Award

    I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley during 2015-16. My appointment was funded by a Google Research Award [details], granted to the Script Encoding Initiative. This appointment gave me the opportunity to work on various NLP issues regarding under-resourced languages and to develop Unicode encodings for regional scripts used for minority languages in South Asia and historical scripts of Central Asia.

  • Script Encoding Initiative

    Various projects have been partially funded by the Script Encoding Initiative, directed by Dr. Deborah Anderson. A list of my projects supported by SEI, which have been completed and published in Unicode is available here. Scripts for which research is ongoing are listed here.

In addition to funding, I have received the following recognition for my work:

  • Unicode Bulldog Award

    In October 2011, at the 35th Internationalization and Unicode Conference in Santa Clara, California, the Unicode Consortium presented me with a “Bulldog Award” in recognition of my contributions to the standard.