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S.T. Nandasara, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Yoshiki Mikami, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan

This special issue focuses on Asian language processing in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Specifically, it discusses historical background of specific writing systems; script structure and major issues relevant to text processing; important development stages in type-printing and the typewriter era; milestones marked by the design of character code standards for computing; and issues involved in designing a mechanism for input and display interfaces in Asian language computing.

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Citation:
S.T. Nandasara, Yoshiki Mikami, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Asian Language Processing: History and Perspectives," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 4-7, Jan.-March 2009, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2009.2
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