ISO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE DE NORMALISATION ISO/IEC JTC 1/ SC 2/ WG 2 Universal Multiple-Octet Coded Character Set (U C S) ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 N 1530 Date: 1997-03-18 Title: Application for liaison Membership of WG2 Source: UNU/IIST Action: To be considered by SC2 Distribution: ISO/IEC JTC 1 /SC 2 The United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU/IIST) in Macau is a Research and Training Centre of the United Nations University (UNU) and is one of the world's leading centres for research into and application of formal techniques for the design of computing and computer-related systems. Its fundamental concern is with the software technology needs of developing countries, and one of the ways it achieves this is through collaborative development projects. One of these projects, the MultiScript project, is a collaboration between UNU/IIST and the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar and is investigating software support for multi-lingual documents in which each language retains its traditional reading and writing direction. The principal researchers on this project are members of staff of the National University of Mongolia, each of whom comes to UNU/IIST on sabbatical leave to work full time in Macau for a period of between 9 months and a year. All have worked extensively on Mongolian encoding and have also built software tools supporting Mongolian and designed several Mongolian fonts. In addition, a specialist linguist acts as a consultant to the project. The MultiScript project has been following the work done by ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 on the Universal Multiple-Octet Coded Character Set and since October 1995 has been contributing specifically to the work being carried out on the encoding of Mongolian script. In particular, various project members have attended local technical meetings during 1995 and 1996 with representatives from Mongolia itself and from China and have participated in discussions on technical issues relating to the encoding of Mongolian script and contributed to the preparation of draft encoding proposals which have been submitted to and discussed at full WG2 meetings. They have also attended WG2 meetings in 1996 and 1997. UNU/IIST wishes to formalise its contribution to JTC1/SC2/WG2 and hereby applies for Category C Liaison Membership. Objective and Benefits To contribute, through the expertise of the members of the MultiScript project, to the JTC1/SC2/WG2 work on the encoding of the Mongolian script. Responsibilities To participate in technical discussions on the encoding of the Mongolian script and to assist with the preparation of the Mongolian script encoding proposal.
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