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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.

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