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Text Entry Systems by Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, I. Scott MacKenzie

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CHAPTER 12

Text Entry in South and Southeast Asian Scripts

Renu Gupta,     University of Aizu, Aizu, Japan

Virach Sornlertlamvanich,     NICT Asia Research Center, Pathumthani, Thailand

12.1 INTRODUCTION

About 2300 years ago, a script called Brahmi was developed and used in India (Salomon, 1996). Derivatives of this script spread through most of India and, by the 6th century, they had spread to Southeast Asia through trade and Buddhism. All scripts derived from Brahmi are today known as abugidas, and it is at this category of scripts—and, in particular, text entry in such—that this chapter is directed.

Although Brahmi is no longer in use, it is the source of most of the scripts used today in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Many of these ...

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