Current Status of IT Standardization Policy and Its Issues

Country Report - Myanmar

The 12th Asian Forum for the Standardization of
Information Technology (AFSIT)

October 8-9 1998, Hanoi, Vietnam

1. Thaung Tin, Member, Myanmar IT Standardization Committee
2. Pyone Maung Maung, Member, Myanmar IT Standardization Committee




Introduction

An ad-hoc committee for IT standardization was formed in November 1997. In June 1998, The Myanmar IT Standardization Committee (MITSC) was officially formed by the government to standardize Myanmar character set for IT. The MITSC comprised of several experts from Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association (MCSA), Myanmar Language Commission and Myanmar Historical Commission.

The member lists as of October 1998 are as follows:

1. Dr Kyaw Thein, Rector, University of Computer Studies, Yangon Secretary, Myanmar Computer Federation Organizing Committee

2. U Khin Maung Lwin, Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association

3. U Thaung Tin, KMD Co. Ltd. Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association

4. U Thein Htut, GeoComp Co. Ltd. Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association

5. U Pyone Maung Maung, CE Technology Co. Ltd. Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association

6. Dr Aung Mon, CE Technology Co. Ltd. Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association

7. U Chit Htun Pe, Myanmar Inforithm Co. Ltd. Myanmar Computer Scientists' Association

8. U Thaw Kaung, Myanmar Historical Commission

9. U Htun Tint, Myanmar Language Commission


Current Status

MITSC submitted two revised proposals to ISO 10646 for setting Myanmar character encoding standardization. With the help and encouragement of CICC, Japan, a delegation comprised of five experts from MITSC attended ISO/IEC JTC1/ SC2 / WCE meeting held in London from September 21-24 1998 and participated in setting the Myanmar character standard. The report of the meeting and consensus was presented in MLIT-3.


Future Plan

MITSC will implement Myanmar Language Processing System based on UNICODE standard agreed at London meeting and submit a comment to UNICODE and ISO.