Seven Good Reasons
to Standardize Azeri Fonts
Azeri fonts will have a profound impact on the use of the Azeri
language among Azerbaijanis all over the world. Here's what could
1. No more headaches and
hassles trying to read Azeri files created by others who use
different fonts. It would eliminate the need to request accompanying
fonts and installing them on your computer just to be able to
2. IBM could read Mac and vice versa. When files are transferred
via e-mail, Azeri language documents created on a Mac system
can be read by an IBM system and vice versa as long as both parties
use consistent character font assignment and the same software
3. CD Dictionaries and Spell Check programs could be developed!
Spell Check will save enormous time in proofreading and give
an enormous boost to standardizing Azeri spelling. Bilingual
dictionaries could be made available on CDs as well as on the
WEB. Without standardization, you'll need to keep a dictionary
4. More font styles. Tired of using Times, Arial or Helvetica?
Once the character assignment standards are in place, just watch
how font styles "spring up like mushrooms after rain".
5. Bothered by seeing dollar marks like "$"
for "" in
e-mail messages as individuals improvise their own system to
represent characters in the Azeri alphabet. Standardized fonts
would eliminate those weird symbols created at personal whim.
Simply, the receiving party would open the e-mail message and
convert it to any Azeri font style he wishes. Voila! Standard
6. The "lost generation" of youth growing up
in Azerbaijan today who have been cut off from written sources
would get a second chance to make up for the academic years that
were wasted because materials were not available in the new Latin
7. Reasonable goals can
be set for thousands of documents and books to be scanned in
the same amount of time it would take to type a few hundred texts
in the original Azeri Cyrillic. After scanning, Cyrillic can
be converted to Azeri with a single computer command. This will
eliminate spending weeks and months retyping and proofreading
all these valuable intellectual resources that were created during
the Soviet period that should be made available for future generations.
Once the texts are in electronic form, the choice can be made
to reprint the materials by traditional printing methods or by
posting on government, institutional or personal WEB sites.
From Azerbaijan International (8.1) Spring 2000.
© Azerbaijan International 2000. All rights reserved.
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