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Slavonic Computing Initiative
The Slavonic Computing Initiative (SCI) brings together computer programmers, philologists, musicologists, liturgioligists and other specialists for the purpose of developing fonts and tools for the support of Church Slavic (Church Slavonic) on the computer. On this website you can:
What is Unicode and why is it important?
Unicode is a universal computing standard for working with texts in all of the world's writing systems. When you use Unicode, you ...
Where do I start?
Most users are probably just looking for some Church Slavonic text (click here to access a full library of modern and historical liturgical texts), a working font (click here to download) and perhaps some keyboard drivers (click here). If you are professional working in font design or publication of Slavonic texts or an academic doing research with Slavonic texts, you probably want to read our Roadmap for Church Slavonic Typography (click here), which is also available in Russian (click here).
What is Church Slavic?
Wait ... isn't Church Slavic a dead language? What's the point of a supporting a dead language on the computer? Answer: Church Slavic (called by various people Old Slavonic, Old Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, etc.) is the historical literary language of the Slavs. Though it is true that today the language is only used as a liturgical language by the Russian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox and Byzantine-Rite Catholic Churches, it has also been used historically to write thousands of literary documents in the Slavic world. The SCI seeks to support all forms of Church Slavic writing using Unicode and other standards-based solutions, including:
Church Slavic resources on the web
Who are we?
The Slavonic Computing Initiative (a subset of the Ponomar Project) brings together volunteers who are interested in Church Slavic and dedicated to the philosophy of free and open source software. The project depends entirely on the work of volunteers like you. We do not earn any money in the form of license fees or grants. The project is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Russian Orthodox Church, or any other ecclesiastic, academic or governmental organization.
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All information on this website is provided with absolutely no warranty.