The Warang Chiti Alphabet
The Ho language is the only language written in the Warang Chiti script, which has 31 letters used in the orthography, as well as a special sacred letter, "om," at the beginning. Lako Bodra, a pandit in the Ho community, invented the syllabary in the 1950s with the intention of creating a visually distinctive script for the language.
In some regions, Ho is written in the Devanagari, Oriya, or Latin scripts, although Ho intellectuals are pushing for the wider use of Warang Chiti. The literacy rate in Ho is low. According to the Ethnologue, only 1% - 5% of native Ho speakers are literate in their language, with a larger percentage being literate in a second language, such as Hindi, English, or Oriya. The lack of a Warang Chiti font for computers makes expansion of its use difficult. In 1999, Michael Everson proposed the addition of the script to the Unicode Standard, a widely used standard encoding for computer fonts that aims to include all of the world's scripts.
While the 1999 proposal was a step in the right direction, the Living Tongues Institute has been working with members of the Ho community to solicit feedback on this emerging writing system and collect examples of its use.
Harrison and Anderson's letter to the Unicode Consortium regarding these issues is available here.