Sinhala Computing in Early Stage — Sri Lanka Experience

  • S. T. Nandasara
  • Yoshiki Mikami
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 269)


Sinhala writing system used in Sri Lanka is a syllabic writing system deriving from Brahmi and it consists of vowels, consonants, diacritical marks, and special symbols. Several of these are combined to form complex ligatures. Total number of different glyphs is almost close to 2300. Thus, all computer equipment for Sinhala language needs to provide for this degree of complexity in both display and printing but without adding any extra complexity to the keyboard or the input systems. In this paper, we discuss how Sinhala computing technology has evolved in early personal computers with limited capabilities and resources.


Complex script computing Sinhala language Standarisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. T. Nandasara
    • 1
  • Yoshiki Mikami
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Colombo School of ComputingSri Lanka
  2. 2.Nagaoka University of TechnologyJapan

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