Michael Everson

Michael Everson ( born January 9, 1963 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is an expert in the scriptures of the world. He is a linguist, typesetter, typographer and typographer and one of the co-authors of the Unicode standard.


Everson was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and moved at the age of 12 years in order to Tucson, Arizona. His interest in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien first led him to Old English and then to the other Germanic languages. He studied German, Spanish and French for his BA at the University of Arizona (1985 ) and the history of religions and of the Indo-European Linguistics for his MA at the University of California, Los Angeles ( 1988). He moved to Dublin around 1989 and was a Fulbright Scholar in the School of Celtic Studies, University College Dublin ( 1991). He was naturalized as an Irish citizen in 2000. In September 2004 he moved to Westport, County Mayo. He is a Buddhist.


Everson 's support linguistic minorities, particularly in the area of character set standardization and internationalization, active. He is not only one of the co-authors of the Unicode standard, but also editor of ISO / IEC 10646, ISO 15924 registrar for and sub- tag reviewer for RFC 3066th He has contributed to the coding of many fonts and characters in these standards and the " Bulldog received " award of the Unicode Consortium in 2000 for his technical contributions to the development and promotion of the Unicode standard. 2004 Everson was appointed Head of ISO TC46/WG3 ( Conversion of written languages), which is responsible for transcription standards.

Everson is active in the encoding of many works in the Unicode and ISO / IEC 10646 standards have been involved, including Old Italic, Ethiopian, Balinese, Burmese, Braille, Buginese, Buid, Cherokee, Deseret, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gothic, Hanunó'o, Canadian natives writings, cuneiform, Khmer, Coptic, Kyprisch, Lepcha, Limbu, linear B, Mongolian, New Tai Lue, N'Ko, Ogam, Ol Chiki, Osmanya, Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, runic, Saurashtra, Shavian, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tagbanuwa, Tai Le, Thaana, Tibetan, Ugaritic, Vai, and Yi, as well as many characters, Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Arabic fonts include the.

Together with John Cowan, he is also responsible for the ConScript Unicode register. This is a project that serves to coordinate some artificial fonts in Unicode Private Use Area. Among the " encoded " in the writings CSUR the Shavian and Deseret were eventually formally included in Unicode; two other fonts designed in consideration are Tengwar and Cirth.

Everson has also created locale and language information for many languages ​​, from support for the Irish language and the other Celtic languages ​​to the minority languages ​​of Finland. In 2003 he was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme to prepare a report about the locale requirements for the main languages ​​of Afghanistan ( Pashto, Dari and Uzbek ); co-authored with Roozbeh Pour vein, the report was endorsed by the Ministry of Communications of the Afghan Transitional Islamic Government. Recently, the UNESCO Initiative B @ bel Everson has funded work to encode the Balinese N'Ko and writings.

He also has a special interest in typography and has set many books in Irish.