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How to Make Websites Indic Aware and accept Indic Inputs?

The Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (erstwhile Akshara) is now available for developers to use in their websites.  By including a bunch of scripts, web developers would now be able to accept Indic Input for their websites.  This transliteration feature helps in places where we need to capture information in the local language without having the respective keyboard.

The Indic Input tool is also available as a desktop version for use with Word, Excel and pretty much any input in Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Developers can also check here to include this feature in their own websites (available Support for Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu).

Harish Ranganathan, one of the Application platform Evangelists at Microsoft has written a detailed post on how to make your website Indic Aware in his blog. I would highly recommend you read his article!

You would also be interested in seeing this post which was written earlier – Ever wanted to type Indian language text easily into any application?

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Ever wanted to type Indian language text easily into any application?

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool helps you enter Indian language text easily into any application in Microsoft Windows or on any page on the Web. The primary input mechanism is transliteration. Additionally, it provides a visual keyboard to assist with editing words that do not transliterate properly. It currently supports Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Telugu languages.

The majority of the transliteration schemes in existence use capital letters to distinguish long vowels from short vowels and hard consonants from soft consonants. In classic free-form transliteration, this distinction is lost. For this reason, apart from free-form transliteration, Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool also allows users to be more specific by using capital letters. The MS team also expects that with time, as new users get more proficient, they will find use for this feature, as it will help them more accurately transliterate with minimal spelling revisions.

In short, it allows users to enter a capital letter to specify a preference for a long vowel (e.g. bA for बा in Hindi or kE for கே in Tamil) or a hard consonant (e.g. De for डे in Hindi or Li for ளி in Tamil).

You have an option to use between a Desktop Version and Web one!

You can install and find more information about this product here – http://specials.msn.co.in/ilit/


You can install the Web Version of Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool for any of the language by dragging the language name above to the Bookmarks toolbar. This tool is supported on all the major web browsers (Thankfully). Translating is as simple as typing in the textbox. Start typing in English and hit Space after each word.

  

You can install and find more information about this product here – http://specials.msn.co.in/ilit/