About the Script Encoding Initiative
The Script Encoding Initiative (SEI) is a project in the UC Berkeley Department of Linguistics, devoted to the preparation of formal proposals for the encoding of scripts and script elements not yet currently supported in Unicode (ISO/IEC 10646), the universal character encoding standard. SEI was officially established in April 2002. Although SEI works closely with members of the Unicode Consortium, with the Unicode Technical Committee, and with WG2, SEI and Unicode are separate organizations. The Unicode Consortium is directed at formalization and promotion of the international computing standard, and SEI work is geared toward preparation of formal proposals for review by UTC and ISO/IEC 10646, in accordance with the formal encoding process.
About the Unicode Consortium
The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit organization founded to develop,
extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard, which specifies the
representation of text in modern software products and standards. Membership
in the Unicode Consortium is open to organizations and individuals anywhere in
the world who support the Unicode Standard and wish to assist in its extension
and implementation. The consortium is supported financially solely through
For additional information on Unicode, future encoding plans, and scripts not yet supported, please visit the Unicode website.
Who We Are
- Deborah Anderson is a Researcher in Linguistics at UC Berkeley, is the UC Berkeley representative to the Unicode Technical Committee and the liaison representative for UC Berkeley to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2 on Coded Character sets.
- Rick McGowan is a Unicode Technical Vice President. Formerly a software engineer with
AT&T, NeXT, and Apple, he has been active in the Unicode Technical Committee
- Anshuman Pandey is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. He recently finished his Ph.D in History at the University of Michigan and since 2005 has been developing Unicode standards for scripts of south, south-east, and central Asia. Details of his work are available at http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~pandey.
- Richard Cook is a Senior Researcher at ICSI and Vice-President of Research and Development of Wenlin Institute. He is also a member of the Unicode editorial committee, active in Unicode, ISO/IEC 10646, and the IRG since 1998. Richard provides technical support and input on East Asian script proposals.
- Michael Everson is a long-time Unicode script proposal author, as well as a typesetter and font designer. Information on his work is found on his website evertype.com.
- ALUMNI: Karen Stollznow holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Karen did research on scripts for SEI from 2005 until 2012.
How To Contact Us
Inquiries should be directed to:
Script Encoding Initiative
c/o Deborah Anderson
Dept. of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall #2650
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650