[Wikimediaindia-l] (OT) On the importance of Unicode

Shiju Alex shijualexonline at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 03:59:53 UTC 2011

> This discussion is not at all about input methods. I do not know why a
sudden comparison between transliteration vs. InScript came here.

Looking at all the solutions you provided, let me ask one thing. Have you
really actively contributed/contributing to any Indian language wikipedia. A
survey on the input methods used by Indian wikipedians will give a different


On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Nikhil Sheth <nikhil.js at gmail.com> wrote:

> Great discussion, but I wonder why I didn't see any real, easy, doable,
> inexpensive, quickfix solution put forth that every Indian on the internet
> can begin using immediately to get around the Unicode Vs custom Fonts issue.
> So here's some from me:
> 1. Quick copy-paste, working with a net connection:
> http://www.google.com/transliterate/
> 2. Put a bookmarklet/favorite in your browser to type in Indian language in
> any site. इधर भी :
> http://t13n.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/blet/docs/help.html
> 3. Get these languages installed in 5 mins on your machine so you can use
> it in any application from notepad to chat :
> http://www.google.com/ime/transliteration/ or sneak out the files for
> offline installation in your hometown using this neat hack:
> http://visibleblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/google-transliteration-ime-offline.html
> (I know our greatest angels won't care about this one because it only works
> on Evil Windows!)
> 4. Indian made alternative both editor and input language:
> http://www.baraha.com/
> Sincere apologies to the purists who might blow up like a volcano at either
> going to the Evil Google Lord for help, or Daring to use transliteration
> instead of the
> so-easy-to-use-and-learn-if-only-you-spend-a-whole-day-on-it-and-get-an-indic-script-keyboard-from-God-knows-where-because-everyone-is-well-off-and-supposed-to-be-living-in-a-well-connected-metro-like-me.
> If there is an open-source/cross-platform/creative commons/kumbayaah
> solution where we don't have to mug up what to do when we forget what we are
> supposed to have mugged up like the key combination for भ or त्र or ण or ळinstead of just typing "bh" or "tra" or "na" or "l" and (if needed)
> backspacing twice to get a dropdown menu to choose what we truly want and
> moving on with our lives, or where we don't have to bend the laws of physics
> to get that elusive त्सा or perform computer साल्सा to have that split
> letter stuff on our screen then let's have it right here and right now or
> let's get our hands dirty and make'em for the love of the Lord instead of
> blasting the impure and corrupt Harijans who dare to take shortcuts for the
> sake of getting their work done on time.
> (Disclaimer : Only little offense meant with the hope to give a kick and
> create a demand for real open source solutions that can rival the private
> ones)
> Cheers,
> Nikhil Sheth
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