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                             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

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.

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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