Phan Anh Dung, a speech and hearing impaired employee of the Information Technology Center in Thua Thien Hue Province, has won this year's Balaban Award.
Dung received the honor on October 16 for creating a software that helps the user easily input the ideograph of Han (Chinese script) and Nom (ancient Vietnamese demotic script) into a computer.
Dung also contributed to upgrading the online Han-Nom dictionary at the website www.hannom.huesoft.com.vn.
The Balaban Award is annually given by the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation (VNPF.)
The award, named after poet and Professor John Balaban, founder and former president of the foundation, honors individual or groups who make great contributions to preserving the Nom and Han scripts that are many centuries old.
VNPF also awarded a scholarship this year to Nguyen Hoang Than, who works at Da Nang's University of Pedagogy, for his research and writings on the Nom script.