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HD-50012-07

Richard Sterling Cook
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

The Character Description Language (CDL) Digital Humanities Start-up

Using Character Description Language software in the mapping of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese scripts and the augmentation of a standard database of characters open to members of international standards bodies and to the public.

The CDL project is directed in particular at resolving long-standing problems with the digitization of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese scripts (CJKV, or often simply shortened to CJK). The proposed start-up project will promote the collaborative use of the innovative CDL font technology, for the building of international computing standards essential to the stable function of all modern software, and for the accurate digitization and preservation of CJK documents and libraries. The CDL project benefits all computer users with an interest in CJK texts, or with an interest in dealing with CJK partners, since CDL has core applications for information input, storage, and retrieval. CDL improves data-management practices in the development of international standards and in the usage of end-users. CDL ensures the integrity of those standards, enriches the possibilities for end-user content creation, and therefore brings new richness to online digital humanities resources.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2007 – 10/31/2008