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Subject: UNESCO AND MATENADARAN INSTITUTE DEVELOP UNICODE COMPATIBLE FONT FOR ARMENIAN LANGUAGE
UNESCO AND MATENADARAN INSTITUTE DEVELOP UNICODE COMPATIBLE FONT FOR ARMENIAN LANGUAGE
YEREVAN. To commemorate the 1,600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet UNESCO through its project Initiative [email protected] and the Matenadaran Institute in Yerevan have launched a project to enhance access to information in the digital environment for the Armenian language.
The project will develop a Unicode compatible font to overcome some urrent constraints in the use of the Armenian language in fields such as modern print and digital publishing.
Currently the Armenian fonts which use non-standard encoding systems which can make information exchange between users, for example, e-mail, unreliable. Many of the available fonts have only limited styles and do not offer the possibility of recreating the rich detailed design features of the languages such as can be seen in older traditional Armenian manuscripts. This poses certain challenges and limitations for a publisher and contemporary digital graphic artists. The project will therefore seek to address such esthetic, legal and standardization issues. Particular attention will also be given to the training of local font designers and working with local institutions to raise awareness of good practices.
The institute's executive director Arshak Banuchyan says that the project is the first stage of a long-term and expensive program. "We hope that international donors will help us to ask Microsoft for the opportunity to use the Armenian font and to introduce an Armenian portal to the www. Old as it is the Armenian alphabet has long deserved such a privilege," says Banuchyan.
Today some 3 mln inhabitants of Armenia use the Armenian language. There is also a culturally aware Armenian diaspora of around 4 mln persons many of whom still write and speak Armenian. It is expected that this initiative will facilitate online information exchanges and content creation in Armenian and contribute to the preservation and promotion of the Armenian culture in the digital environment.