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The Dasher concept works with almost any language.

Thai. Dasher can generate complicated multi-part characters by combining the Unicode components.

Many languages are supported in Dasher version 3, and new languages can be enabled by adding an appropriate alphabet.xml file. As of November 2005, the only major languages that are not supported in Dasher version 3 are Japanese and Chinese; for these two languages we have partial solutions in version 3, and we intend to have complete solutions in version 4.

We encourage you to personalize Dasher by supplying a training file written in your own style.

Instructions for Dasher versions 3 and 4

With version 3, as with version 1.6, every language requires a text file full of natural writing (about 300K or more); a specification of the alphabet of the language is also required. Version 3 works in Unicode. Many languages are supported in Dasher version 3. As of Wed 14/7/04, over sixty Alphabets are provided with Dasher. All the latest alphabet XML files are in this directory, and there is an organized summary of the alphabets by region and language group.
Training texts are provided on the download page for about fifty European, Asian, African, and Semitic languages. [Here is an alternative link to the training text directory.]
To switch language, select Options->Alphabet.

More advice about how to create a training set

JDasher How Japanese Dasher works

How Chinese Dasher will work

About combining characters in Dasher

Further links

Font information for Dasher users.

Indo-European languages tutorial website | Excellent unicode character site by Alan Wood, who also has a unicode Fonts page.

This mimer website was helpful to us in making alphabet files, and this advice on European alphabets. To convert UTF8 documents to robust HTML (for webpages) we use this convertor by Iain Murray.

The Dasher project is supported by the Gatsby Foundation
and by the European Commission in the context of
the AEGIS project - open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards)

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