Sorry fot delay from side in replying this discussion thread since my schedules on field
work are going to tight.While I do not blame inscript users and supporters for going
beyond the given scope and focus of the discussion since may of them are not aware of
earlier discussions we had on Marathi Wikipedia or missing on some of the finer
points,still it is my responsibility to reply the same.
For inscript supporters I earnestly request to trust in me for my neutral POV, that I
have studied their set of arguments in great detail , I have tried myself to promote and
teach inscript personally in field .I have been involved in co-ordinating a yahoogroup
called Devnagari and had been studying all aspects of the issues involved since long.That
I have studied patterns of mistakes committed by new comers on Marathi Wikipedia in great
details. Please do trust in me that every step I intend to take will be in best favour of
Marathi Language and marathi language Wikipedia.
1)Why do we need to have Marathi Typing as default system
Over the years I have been studying patterns of difficulties encountered by newcomers and
anonymous users on Marathi Wikipedia .I have also conducted field surveys during Wikipedia
training sessions and the first hurdle encountered availabilty of Marathi Font .Huge
number of trail and error edits are happening in roman script Marathi and not because they
are trying to type in roman but actually majority thinks that if they start typing it
automatically comes in to marathi by phonetic transliteration.A visit to history of
Marathi Wikipedia trail and error Sandbox pageविकिपीडिया:धूळपाटी speaks for itself
The current situation is not only their edits are getting deleted as spam , by not
providing the requisite user friendly support levels we are discouraging great numbers
from using marathi typing at all and as marketing background person I know it creats it
only helps in creating a negative image and negative publicity To me this amounts to great
disservice to Marathi language. (I will be replying some related FAQs ahead in this mail)
2) Default OK but why phonetic and why not inscript
a) inscript needs considerable user practice and special time involvement and effort
before using it. Still the majority of users come from Shared computers of offices ,
educational institutions or Cybercafes or shared computers which to provide facility to
enable Marathi Unicode typing support from authorities does not come easily Second aspect
shared computing does not provide for required time besides they usually are not
authorised to paste any stickers of Marathi alphabates on computer keyboards they are
b) When people are trying to write on Marathi Wikipedia they are already in a thought
process which demands immidiate expression i.e.result so compelling them for a long
inscript training time at that moment is not worth a trying option .Besides in the field I
have personally obsrved that compelling people to use inscript only is found to be
discouraging the majority. The simmiller view is shared by many who work in field for
promotion of marathi unicode typing including Mr.Tushar Pawar of Marathi abhyas Kendra
shared similler view point.
c)During Wikipedia editing trainings too as a trainer in field time available for training
on how to type is too short .We need least number of processess and hurdels during these
sessions.And for atleast coming two years numbers of hands on filed training sessions are
going to increase phenomenally.
d)Actual field surveys have shown that 46% people are using google transliterator 40%
using local phonetic transliteration of each of Marathi Website whichever site they go ten
percent are using rest of phonetic typing. most of phonetic typing skill is coming to
people from their freinds and peers through word of mouth.less than 4%are using
inscript.Acually 2-4% usage of inscript also needs to be taken as good news
e) In one of my very recent discussions one of earstwhile GIST inscript expert himself
claimed to me that now inscript is older than google transliterator and now a days google
transliterator and phonetic transliterators are more intelligent,advance and supportive.
f) It is not for Wikipedia to promote this or that but make those uitilities available and
every body can participate easily without hurdels
By taking all sides in to account I hae come to the conclusion that we will use phonetic
Narayam as default , if technically possible we will try to limit it for certan popular
categories of article pages or we will limit it with Name space and if that also not
possible we will try to agree to a time limit for Narayam as default on Marathi Wikipedia
With technical people we will try to find out if we can provide inscript as default on
certain trial and error Sandbox page on Marathi Wikipedia.
Beyond Marathi Wikipedia I have been advocating for Some Unicode typing competions to
build public confidance I have spoken with Marathi Abhyas Kendras Mr.Deepak Pawar and Tech
Marathii Group also Some organisation need to take lead on this.
I have discussed ceratin ideas with Mr.Rahul Deshmukh fort online typing tutorials for
beginners of phonetics as well as inscript .For inscript I have requested Sushant for
developing more UTube presentation about exactly where to place the fingures while typing
inscript and he has agreed to it.Once these things are ready we can request various medias
and educational bodies to incorporate more aspects of Marathi Computer typing in their
Thanks again in participating in the dscussion
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Sent: Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:49 AM
Subject: Fw: [Bug 32669] Enable Narayam on mr.wikipedia
From Marathi Language Wikipedia we had requested mediawiki technical team to make a
phonetic Marathi font transliteration system default for all anonymous users and new
editors who have not completed edits upto 500 edits just simply because if we study edits
of new comers and anonymous users it seems that they usualy do not understand how to
enable present optional transliteration system.
the Narayam extension as updated for Marathi Language is in beta version available for
. We have received following reply to our Our technical
request which is submitted at https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=32669
This is for your information and discussion after the discussion we will put the
information on Marathi Wikipedia poll page and confirm apropriate marathi wikipedia
Following forwarded reply is self explanatory, We seek openions from all of you so this is
for your information and discussion .Please keep this discussion in english so non marathi
development team members can understand our discussion.
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "bugzilla-daemon(a)wikimedia.org" <bugzilla-daemon(a)wikimedia.org>
Sent: Monday, 12 December 2011 12:35 PM
Subject: [Bug 32669] Enable Narayam on mr.wikipedia
--- Comment #2 from Santhosh Thottingal <santhosh.thottingal(a)gmail.com> 2011-12-12
07:05:32 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #0)
Dear All ,
Thanks for updating Narayam to Marathi Language requirements in recent
Hackathon in Mumbai.(You can view the google online presentation at
Now herewith Marathi Language Wikipedia requests to enable Narayam extension on
Marathi Language Wikipedia with along with following features (Please see
Community aproval http://mr.wikipedia.org/wiki/विकिपीडिया:कौल
The extension is available at translatewiki.net
, and we marked as beta till we
get feedback from the community that it is stable can be enabled in
mr.wikipedia. So please test and give us confirmation that it works as
1)Narayam should be default font inputting
system for all unregistered users
and all users for upto 500 edit
We can make Narayam enabled by default. But the extension does not check the
2) The requested inputting facility should be
applicable on all namespaces
including inter active popup windows meant for inserting links and references
This should be ok.
3)Also applicable at edit summary,all search
windows,all input boxes specialy
The extension will be enabled in all editable fields.
4)Shall have Marathi inscript keyboard layout option
too as per windows
Transliteration is the default one.
5)Should be applicable to all skins including vector
We don't support all the mediiawiki skins. Extension supports Vector,
Monobook, Modern skins.
6. Narayam should be default to above said
category to New User Creation
and User Login
Extension does not distinguish uses based on any category.
7.Narayam keyboard structure should be editable to
Marathi Wikipedia sysops at
No, The extension does not provide this feature.
If the community is ok with the extension after verifying it at
, please inform us here. We will enable it in mr wikis in the
next i18n deployment.
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