12-Jul-2020 22:33:15 ET
Indic Virtua Keyboards Study Group
Develop PAR (details below) till approval and WG formation: (Completed)
IEEE Standard Project No: P1908.1, Virtual keyboard standard for Indic languages
The standard brings the benefits of Indic language computing to the vast majority of Indic language users.
This standard defines virtual keyboards for Indic language computing, primarily for use on mobile phones and tablets with touch interface. The target languages are the Government of India's official languages and their scripts, as recognized by the Government and Unicode. This standard includes definition for virtual keyboard configurations with a limited set of keys (12), and also for larger set of keys (more than 12). The standard includes prototype reference implementation of device driver and software.
The standard helps the industry to implement Indian language input in a portable and standardized manner There is currently no defined, independent standard for virtual keypads for Indian languages. INSCRIPT cannot be adopted easily for the following reasons: It uses the top row (the row above QWERTY) of the conventional keyboard. It has been designed with physical QWERTY keyboard as standard. It does not accommodate the preferences of languages other than Hindi with Devanagari script. With the smaller screen size and resolution on mobile phones, INSCRIPT is not usable for Hindi, as well. Without this standard, and there being no single dominant player in the industry who can drive defacto standards, vendors will implement proprietary versions, which will hinder the growth of the industry and acceptance of Indic input methods by users. Furthermore, very few phones support Indic input, and even in cases where Indic languages are supported, proprietary
Stakeholders for the Standard: Stakeholders for this standard include: Smart phone companies; software development companies; telecom companies; government departments or institutions funded partly by government for promotion of Indic
Status: Call for Official working group participation open, For details see Working Group Wiki home page
Time frame:1 year to develop standard.
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