Ever wondered how you could type in your own language and do much more fun
with your phone; browsing Indic language wikipedia articles to commenting
on friend's facebook posts to tweeting? So, here is something exciting
coming on Open source!
Recently we had a guest, YuviPanda, a former developer with Wikimedia
Foundation and an open source geek. Yuvi spent spent some with us and I got
a chance to explain how problematic it is for a mobile user to type in
Indic languages. Though most smartphones have sound font support and
rendering typing in Indic languages was far from reality, at least to me.
While explaining the problem which many others would be facing while
posting a status on facebook or tweeting many end users would like to have
few major things in a new typing tool:
- A simple interface and easy navigation
- Options to switch typing schemes/languages (Indic
- Readability: Font size should be made to be read properly. Based on the
) for Indic languages
Yuvi created a prototype (http://goo.gl/jH3TO
In rounds of testing and bug fixing finally it is here:
Right now it works online for most smartphones having Indic and rendering
support. Someone can use it online from the same link above. The offline
version works fro iPhone and Yuvi is working on fixing bugs for Android.
The offline app will soon be available for Android. Once it works perfectly
with Android it will be made available for free in Android market. We are
still to test this for Symbian, Blackberry and Windows, 3 other market
leaders. Please test and give us feedback and report bugs on
I am still in the pipeline to persuade to add a feature for searching on
Indic wikipedias from this app. Please join me clapping for Yuvi for this
amazing tool and persuading him for adding the search option for Indic
wikipedias which will enable a user to search in a respective language
wikipedia by typing a particular word in this tool!
*-> Link to the tool:* http://bitly.com/indictyping
*-> Tutorial to use it online and offline (For iPhone):* http://goo.gl/HdVJW
*-> Quick links:*
- Source code: https://github.com/yuvipanda/indic-typing-tool
- Test the app and report the bugs directly on
on Meta <http://goo.gl/sBiaF>.
- App credits: YuviPanda <http://yuvi.in/>, Subhashish
, Santhosh Thottingal<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Santhosh.thottingal>
->* Blog post about the