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Speech by Guest-of-Honour, Prof S Jayakumar, Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs
Unicode and Tamil - Issues with Implementation
Muthelilan Murasu Nedumaran
ISCII And Tamil: A Perspective - N. Anbarasan
An overview of Different Tools for Word-processing of Tamil and A Proposal Towards Standardization by Kuppuswamy Kalyanasundaram, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Selection and Standardization of Tamil Keyboard Layouts: Recommendations - M.Ananthakrishnan,   S.Kuppuswami, S.Rangarajan &. Naa Govindasamy
Selection and Standardization of Tamil Keyboard Layouts: S.Kuppuswami & V.Prasanna Venkatesan
The Development of a Tamil Internet: Possibilities and Challenges for the Future by Harold Schiffman, Penn Language Center, Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA
Tamil and Computer by Sujatha, TamilNadu standardization committee, India
Towards Tamil Xanadu - First Step: An hyper news service in Tamil  by S. Senthil Nathan, Madras, India
My Experiences with Electronic Publishing by Maalan, Kumudam, India

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TamilNet '97

[see also http://www.infitt.org/tamilnet97/welcome.html]

International Symposium
for Tamil Information Processing and Resources on the Internet

Jointly organised by the National University of Singapore and
the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University
on 17 May 1997 at the Auditorium, Computer Centre, NUS.

17-18 May 1997, Singapore
Conference Chair -
Naa Govindasamy, National Institute of Education


The theme of the symposium was to promote the use of Tamil on the Internet. Presentations were geared towards a wide range of audience from general Internet users to content developers. Suggested topics of interest included, but were not limited to:

Tamil and the Internet

Tamil and the World Wide Web (WWW)

Character set issues on the Internet and WWW


Keyboard Input Methods

Language processing issues with Tamil

Education on the Internet

Library and archival concerns

Business-related topics

Case studies


The two day Symposium provided the following type of sessions:

Keynote presentations

Technical presentations

Open discussion sessions

Discussion Forum - A Summary Report

The 2 hour-long discussion session on the second day of the symposium came to a fruitful ending. The discussion panel (a total of 11 members) was led by Sujatha and included N. Anbarasan, S Kuppuswami, ST Nandasara, Kuppuswamy Kalyanasundaram, Malaan, Harold Schiffman, Vasu Renganathan, Muthelilan Murasu Nedumaran, Naa Govindasamy and Tan Tin Wee. The topics discussed includes -

Increasing Tamil Content Worldwide

Keyboard Diversity

Encoding Standards

Standardization of Tamil Websites and WebPages

Work to be done/Time Frame

Next Symposium - TamilNet'98


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