A working group for a a Virtual Keyboard Standard for Indic Languages is being launched on 25th January 2012 by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The Working Group will essentially finalize a standard for an Indic language keyboard for touch screen interfaces that can be used by smart phone and tablet manufacturers. A statement from the IEEE says that a study group comprising representatives of the government, research institutions and industry spent close to a year assessing the status of different initiatives and defining the scope of the project, and the working group will "address the limitations of previous standards efforts that have been unable to fully accommodate the preferences of languages other than Hindi and/or that have a high learning curve because of lack of phonetic mapping between English and Indian language characters or lack of…
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