Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha

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Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha. (Photo: Udayana Networking Doc)

Innovation of the Tamiang Balinese Keyboard

IO – Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha, a lecturer at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Udayana University, and his team have developed the Tamiang Balinese Keyboard, which is a set of computer aids used to make it easier to create and write documents based on Balinese characters digitally.

“This innovation aims to make Balinese script easy to share through digital media such as the internet and social media,” said Tata, the nickname of a former basketball player who is now involved in academia.

Udayana University Chancellor Prof. A.A. Raka Sudewi gave his appreciation for the product that was an extraordinary innovation from Udayana University. The university leadership commits to support and give priority before other parties develop it first.

The university also has regulations regarding innovative products. Products such as the Tamiang Balinese Keyboard can also help preserve and globalize Balinese script. The Chancellor also asked the team to collaborate with the Bali Literature Study Program, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Udayana University, in developing it so that it can also promote the study program.

“This product is in the final testing stage; it targets the younger generation to be able to write Balinese characters in digitally-based forms. Besides that, the team is also developing a digital dictionary for the Balinese language,” said Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha or Tata, a doctor in information technology from Sydney University, who is now an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Udayana Bali.

In 2014, Tata developed an input device in the form of a keyboard and an application called Tamiang to make it easier for users to type and use Balinese characters on computer devices. The button layout on Tamiang is arranged according to the level of usage of each character.

Tata hopes that the innovation of the Tamiang Balinese Keyboard can preserve and champion the Balinese language and script. (rp)