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From the Past to the Present: Evolution of Computing in the Sinhala Language
January/March 2009 (vol. 31 no. 1)
pp. 32-45
S.T. Nandasara, University of Colombo

The Sinhala writing system used in Sri Lanka is syllabic and features as many as 2,300 glyphs. Computer equipment used to represent Sinhala language needs to facilitate this complexity, in both display and printing, without adding extra complexity to the keyboard or the input systems. This article surveys the evolution of Sinhala computing technology over the past 25 years.

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Keywords: Software engineering, software architectures, natural language processing, natural language interfaces, languages, standards
S.T. Nandasara, "From the Past to the Present: Evolution of Computing in the Sinhala Language," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 32-45, Jan.-March 2009, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2009.10
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