Script Encoding Initiative

Department of Linguistics

University of California, Berkeley

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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 membership dues.

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, who has worked closely in the past with the Unicode Technical Committee on a number of Unicode proposals for historic scripts.
  • Rick McGowan is a Unicode Vice President. Formerly a software engineer with AT&T, NeXT, and Apple, he has been active in the Unicode Technical Committee since 1990.
  • Richard Cook is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Linguistics at STEDT and ICSI, and a member of the Unicode editorial committee, active in Unicode, ISO/IEC 10646, and the IRG since 1998.
  • Karen Stollznow has a Ph.D. in Linguistics and has been a Researcher for the SEI since 2005.

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



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Last updated: September 28, 2011