Autumn 2000 (8.3)
Pushes for Standardization
Blair, Editor of Azerbaijan International, addressed Azerbaijan's
Parliament on June 5, 2000, concerning issues related to computer
standardization of the Azeri Latin alphabet. She was invited
by Azerbaijan's Speaker of the Parliament, Murtuz Alaskarov,
after the publication of the Spring Issue (AI 8.1) of the magazine,
"Language and Alphabet in Transition".
In Parliament, Blair emphasized the necessity and urgency of
standardizing computer fonts and character sets for Azeri Latin.
Typically, documents that are typed on one computer in Azerbaijan
end up looking like garble on other computers because they do
not all share the same character assignments. Because of her
persistence, the Parliamentary Committee for the Protection of
the Azerbaijani Language led by Anar, head of the Writer's Union,
has proposed that standardization be included in the bill under
consideration by Parliament.
Blair also urged the exploration of the Internet as a medium
for thousands of Azeri books and documents originally published
in Cyrillic during the Soviet period that should be converted
to the Latin script. As printing is exorbitantly expensive, she
views net publication as the only means of preserving some of
these valuable resources for future generations.
Already, Azerbaijan International under her persistence has established
the Web site AZERI.org where articles can be accessed
in the Azeri language, in both Latin (the official script of
the Azerbaijan Republic) and Arabic (the script familiar to an
estimated 25-30 million Azerbaijanis who live in Iran or who
have grown up there).
(8.3) Autumn 2000.
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