Multilingual Web Browser
This project was carried out within Initiative B@bel in cooperation with SIL International to support efforts aimed at developing software/tools promoting multilingualism in cyberspace.
Web-page/site creation is one of the most common form of web publishing and information dissemination in cybersapce. By developing a beta version of a web browser that supports creation and viewing of web pages in Burmese the ability to create and disseminate multilingual information will be promoted. The open-source Mozilla browser has been used for this development.
Documentation is also provided (programme architecture, installation and use of the programme, installation of necessary writing systems and resources) so as to facilitate the extension of this work to other languages/scripts by other software developers.
WorldPad is a basic text editor whose main distinction is the ability to display text in complex scripts using the Graphite engine.
A beta version of WorldPad editing software for Windows 2000 or XP operating systems will be provided, capable of exporting data encoded according to the data exchange format for complex scripts.
A beta version of a basic Graphite Edit Control for data input applications has been developed, and a software development kit will be also provided. This tool will be especially useful for persons working with text blocks that contain several scripts for example bibliographic entries containing the names of a book as it appears in various translated editions.
While a system is technically capable of handling multiple languages/scripts it is necessary to provide the basic building blocks for entering and displaying data. Consequently sample script implementations have been provided, thereby allowing the functionality of the tools developed to be tested and demonstrated.
These samples include:
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