Whatever happened to ASMO, anyway?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/01/29 05:31 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2007/01/29/1551066.aspx

So over the weekend, A. Skrobov asked in the Suggestion Box:

What does ASMO stand for in the names of the Arabic-ASMO codepages? I've been googling for a while and still couldn't find any organization of this name.

As far as I know, ASMO is an acronym for Arabic Standard Metrology Organization. Though I do not know if the organization still exists under that name or not (there is SASMO which is the Syrian organization but I couldn't find a web site for ASMO, myself.

Maybe somebody else knows what happened to ASMO and where it is today. Anyone?


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# Maurits [MSFT] on 29 Jan 2007 11:25 AM:

Your quotes on "feature" beg the question, no?

# Maurits [MSFT] on 29 Jan 2007 11:25 AM:

Gah, wrong post...

# Michael S. Kaplan on 29 Jan 2007 11:42 AM:

Did you mean to put that comment on a different post? :-)

# A. Skrobov on 29 Jan 2007 7:22 PM:

Thanks a lot for the post! Now at least I can find stories telling that "An Arabic computer standardized code (ASMO-449) was established in 1985 under the Arab Standards and Metrology Organization (ASMO) and the Arabization Coordination Bureau, specialized organizations under the Arab League. However, both died of political and budgetary problems".

The other question that I asked over the weekend, and the one which seems to have vanished tracelessly, was about the word "transparent" in relation to the Arabic font and codepage names. What does that word really mean, as in "Arabic Transparent" font, and in "transparent ASMO" codepage?

# Michael S. Kaplan on 29 Jan 2007 8:59 PM:

Patience is a virtue.... your question was not lost, but one can't have everything instantly.... :-)

# A. Skrobov on 31 Jan 2007 8:47 PM:

It seems that I finally found the traces of ASMO: "ASMO was one of the Arab League organizations till 1989 when it was dissolved and replaced by a center attached to The Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), called Center for Standardization and Metrology (CSM), with the head-quarter in Rabat." So, it was just disbanded in 1989.

And thanks again for the insight on transparency!

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