"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
From: arjuna rao chavala <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, September 17, 2010 8:51:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Gyanpad (Knowledge kiosk) web app: Easy interface to search Wikipedia and sister sites in Indian languages
On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM, BalaSundaraRaman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(copying my response from another list)
Good work, Arjuna. (Though not a fan of phonetic keyboards that rely on
English alphabet sounds due to long term negative impact,)
I agree. May be some people are comfortable with that. We have to wait for Google to provide inscript keyboards for other languages or make inscript/alphabetic keyboards ourselves.
I tried Tamil
and Malayalam and they both work very well. One suggestion would be to
handle backspace to erase the original input. For example, if I've typed
aa in Malayalam, and press backspace, it should retain 'a', no?
The backspace works on the converted unicode characters.
If you type ra, backspace will delete the whole unicode letter. If you type raa to reflect long vowel, one backspace will make it equivalent to ra.
If you are starting the word with aa, it becomes a single unicode character corresponding to long vowel (A).