The efforts of standardization of fonts and keyboards by PANDI and the literacy community benefit the nation's local characters now and in the future.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Internet Domain Name Registry Management (PANDI) lauded the preservers of Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese scripts for their contributions to standardize fonts and keyboard layouts of each language.

The efforts to standardize the fonts and keyboard layouts of three languages were made through the National Standardization Agency (BSN), PANDI Chairman Yudho Giri Sucahyo noted in his statement, as quoted here on Saturday.

PANDI, in collaboration with the literacy community activists, sought to set font and keyboard layout standards for several local characters as part of the cultural preservation efforts through the Building Indonesia through Digitalization of Nusantara Characters (MIMDAN).

"SNI Aksara Nusantara," or Indonesian National Standard of Local Characters, is a form of digitalization and preservation of Indonesia's cultural heritage, Sucahyo remarked.

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Sucahyo symbolically gave charters to representatives of the Javanese, Balinese, and Sundanese languages.

"This is not only a strategic step for enabling culture to enter the digital realm but also a form of fundamental cultural preservation for the nation," he explained.

He added that PANDI's goal is to facilitate the availability of Nusantara characters in the digital realm and for use by the entire community.

Arif Budiarto, representative of the Javanese character community, was delighted on being lauded by PANDI.

"I represent the friends of the Javanese character community. I am very grateful to PANDI for having facilitated the submission of font and keyboard standardization," he expounded.

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According to the Sundanese representative, Agung Zainal Mutakkin, the standardization of Nusantara characters can prove that the scripts are still used at his own home.

"With the SNI, the public can understand and use (the script) in their digital devices. We are thankful to PANDI for having made concrete steps in developing and publishing Nusantara scripts, including Sundanese," Mutakkin emphasized.

According to Balinese representative I Gede Gita Purnama, PANDI's big step should be supported by various relevant stakeholders -- the community of literacy activists, academics, and practitioners -- so they all harbor the same vision of promoting the Nusantara culture.

Purnama noted that PANDI had enlivened Nusantara characters by presenting them to the digital world.

The efforts to standardize fonts and keyboards by PANDI and the literacy community benefit the nation's local characters now and in future.

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Translator: Suryanto, Kenzu T
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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