Unicode Migration: Public Urged To Help e-Government System

18 August 2019
2019-08-18 11:48

Myanmar Computer Federation lunched the works to come Unicode into force on October 1st.

The launching event was held at MICT park in Yangon on Saturday evening with the attendance of Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Officials from Myanmar Computer Federation, UMFCCI and IT field, and artists. Under the guidance of the Government, Ministry of Transport and Communications is making efforts for countrywide migration of Unicode system in cooperation with Myanmar Computer Federation and experts. 

Vice Chairman, Myanmar Computer Federation, Dr. Tun Thura Thet said “Unicode is an international standard system used by the world countries. Cambodia and Bangladesh adopted the system 10 years ago.  Why shifting Unicode is important is that we can write not only Myanmar language but other ethnics’ languages also on internet and computer platforms. We can also interchange Myanmar language with international languages on website and social platforms without wrong translations. We will give awareness on what is Unicode, why we should use it and how we can use it to the public.”

Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung urged the public to use Unicode as a support and help to the e-government system. One of the purposes of shifting Unicode is to be able to display all the languages used in Myanmar with just one font. The awareness programs on shifting Unicode will be carried out by granted ambassadors.

Ambassador, Unicode Migration Working Group, Lu Min said “Adopting Unicode system can have better access to reading and searching for information. We can have systematic communication. I am so glad to be appointed as the Ambassador of Unicode Migration. It’s a remarkable matter for me and the country.”

Unicode provides a solid foundation for processing all text worldwide, while non-Unicode encodings require separate implementations for each encoding and support only a limited set of languages each. Using Unicode consistently also makes it easier to share text processing software around the world.

Vice Chairman, Myanmar Computer Federation, Dr. Tun Thura Thet said “The telecom operators play vital role to change into Unicode system and we have initiated with related departments and telecom operators since years ago to adopt Unicode in Myanmar. We call for public cooperation for the success of Unicode migration to the country.”

The National Standard Council set Myanmar Unicode as the national standard in February this year. The government has adopted ISO 10646 Myanmar Unicode system on April 1st of this year.

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