Introducing UST - Universal Syllabic Transcriptor a new online tool which allowing you to write in the aboriginal syllabics of many Canadian native languages without installation of special fonts.
It is a concern that the many of the languages of Canada's aboriginal people are rapidly disappearing. Native people have always learned the traditional language and symbols of their people in the home, passed down generation to generation. However in the modern world, children receive most of their education in schools where English is the primary language, and much of todays native youth has forgotten, or does not need to know the traditional aboriginal syllabics of their ancestors. UST combines the modern day Alphabet with the Syllabics of the past. You simply type in English (SRO - Standart Roman Orthography) and it is transformed into the syllabics of native language - instantly! No prior knowledge of native glyphs is necessary! What better way to explore the rich heritage of Canada's first peoples than by melding the past with the future.
Until now, using the fonts of Aboriginal Syllabics was only possible if all computers receiving the data had the font installed. If a computer did not have it installed it could not read it as intended - or at all (..the quotation mark "?" is displayed instead the correct font)! And using the downloaded font also required the use of special drivers and full knowledge of symbols used. Languages offered - had been limited to a few main dialects with local dialects an impossibility, even more of an impossibility if you are writing online or using it on a web page.
The loss of native languages, especially their unique written word, is not only a loss for the people of those languages but for every citizen of Canada. The preservation of written stories and songs in their original form is the creation of cultural treasure and should be a priority in our government's Aboriginal programs.
Edward Brabec and Ales Polednik with the extraordinary co-operation of native people of Saddle Lake Cree First Nation, AB, have developed an online server based system, allowing users to write a native language using a standard keyboard (Standard Roman Orthography) and having it instantly transformed into aboriginal syllabic glyphs. Immediate processing makes the letters of the standart Alphabet into the syllabic glyphs of whatever native language or dialect is selected. You do not require any programming skills and You do not need to download any special fonts. No similar system is known to exist.
UST System features:
To the UST system can be added practically any aboriginal language (and their main and local dialects), which is using syllabic orthography for written expression of language.
ONLY LINKED LANGUAGES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE!
Developers E. Brabec and A. Polednik are proud to helping aboriginal people to preserve their native languages in Canada.