Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wasting tax dollars: govt pays to enable web surfing in Egyptian hieroglyphs

The National Endowment for the Humanities is a US government organization.

I've always felt there was something missing in my life.
..you know a non-specific kind of void...the kind of thing that just leaves you uneasy and feeling unfulfilled. Now I know what that void is -- I've been unable to surf using Egyptian hieroglyphs as my native text.

UC Berkeley
New research awards just announced will enable the Script Encoding Initiative (SEI) at the University of California, Berkeley, to continue for the next two years its pioneering work to allow users of the native scripts for all writing systems - from ancient hieroglyphs to Hungarian Runic to Aramaic and more - to use the Internet.

With nearly $300,000 worth of new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Google, the four-year-old initiative will concentrate on encoding eight scripts in 2007 and a like number in 2008.

Modern scripts slated for Internet encoding include Javanese and additions for Native American languages such as Naskapi, Blackfoot and Cree. Historical scripts earmarked for work include Mandaic, the liturgical language of the Mandean religion; and Tangut, the script of an extinct Sino-Tibetan language formerly spoken in northwestern China...

8 comments:

Wickedpinto said...

This came out of berkely?

The deuce you say!

MikeZ said...

Yes, but will we be able to browse in Sumerian cuneiform?

Purple Avenger said...

or Klingon...

Wickedpinto said...

I translated the entirety of "hello I love you" when I was 14 into klingon.

I barely remember more than "nuqney jing bengh soo" and I still mispell it.

I understand that tolkienn actually created a severaly hundred word vocabulary, and written language for elvish, dwarvish and others.

When will that be made available?

Also, esperanto is a "complete" language, why isn't that available? isn't it made up of a mix of "roman" "greek" and "cyrilic" characters?

Purple Avenger said...

My pet turtle feels disenfranchised. His sand scratchings aren't being included here.

Wickedpinto said...

Get your turtle over to mojave!!! to educate rutan that he is not the ONLY genius on the planet.

(OH! bert likes to think that he is, noone misunderstand that)

beakerkin said...

Good ord what a waste.

The Merry Widow said...

Klingon or romulan would make more sense!
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

tmw