29 Apr '12, 12am

Internet Society honours local scientist Tan Tin Wee

By Grace Chng Senior Correspondent [email protected] The Internet Society (ISOC) honoured one of Singapore's Internet pioneers, scientist Tan Tin Wee, 50. At ISOC's 20th anniversary celebration last Monday in Geneva, it inducted Associate Professor Tan into the Internet Society's Hall of Fame. As I wrote in The Sunday Times on April 29, Prof Tan passionately believed that the Internet should be accessible to everyone, no matter what language they speak or write in. In the 1990s, he led a research team to invent a software that could read non-Latin languages and displayed it in a browser. One language he championed was Tamil. This is a story Prof Tan told me of his involvement in this project. Since his first software could convert Chinese into readable images, he decided to extend his research to include the Tamil language. But he needed a Tamil speaker who would provide ...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2012/04/29/internet-society...

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