Developing a Unicode encoding for any given script is an effort that spans multiple disciplines. It requires tapping into fields as diverse as software engineering, data standardization, information architecture, linguistics, history, anthropology, typography, and policy. It also requires collaborative engagements with native and scholarly users, software developers, font designers, and national standards bodies. Moreover, it 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 the following scripts:

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

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

    Please consider sponsoring a 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 from 2006-15 were partially funded by the Script Encoding Initiative, directed by Dr. Deborah Anderson.

In addition to funding, I have received 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.