One important thing-
To read Kannada Unicode email (UTF-8 or any other formats of Unicode, say UTF-16) the
1. Unicode enabled OS like Windows XP, 2003 –need to enable Kannada in these OS OR Linux
with Kannada enabled
2. Opentype font installed in the system. In Windows XP and 2003, by enabling Kannada, the
Kannada opentype font Tunga gets installed. In Linux, you need to do this manually.
Details for Windows XP are available at
Details for Linux are available at http://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Kannada_Support
(this site also has details for Baraha, Nudi, Win XP, etc)
Dr. U.B. Pavanaja
CEO, Vishva Kannada Softech
Think Globally, Act locally
From: wikikn-l-bounces(a)Wikipedia.org [mailto:wikikn-l-bounces@Wikipedia.org] On Behalf Of
Hari Prasad Nadig
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:52 PM
Subject: [Wikikn-l (kannada wikipedia)] UTF-8 and email
Recently, I've been hearing from few of the members on this list that they've
not been able to read most conversations we exchange here (which happen to be in utf-8 ,
unicode Kannada) and have been seeing some garbage on their mailboxes. I wonder how
many people have been going through this experience and not even mentioned about it on the
list. Maybe that happens to be the reason for most members here not being active on the
list, as well.
Hence, I thought of sending this mail with a brief set of instructions on how to read
utf-8 encoded mails. Might serve as helpful piece of information for many of you.
First of, for those who use webmail, let me tell you that gmail is your best option. The
Characterset on Gmail is utf-8 by default. Yahoo, hotmail, rediffmail - all these donot
have characterset set to utf-8. (You'll have to manually change character set to utf-8
on your browser manually to view the content - same while sending.. which could turn out
to be quite irritating thing to do)
For those who use standalone mail clients, make sure you've enabled utf-8 on those.
Almost all popular standalone clients support utf-8. On mail clients like Thunderbird,
utf-8 is the charset by default.
So, the next time you see garbled mail landing to your mailbox from the wikikn-l list,
make sure you check for this.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." ~ Erich