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Android smart phones are widely used in the Yi area and many Yi speakers would use their own language for text messaging and other purposes if only they had a system-level font installed that would display Yi chars whenever needed. (System-level fonts require root privileges to install.) Along with that they must have an input method for typing the characters. Additional features could include a character look up feature and a word-based input method that uses type-ahead.
Android programming. Understanding of Yi writing system. Chinese interface for the app and any documentation is a must. Existing Nuosu SIL font is usable, but not ideal for a system level font since it displays roman glyphs in a serif typeface. Input using the Yi romanization is straightforward.
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