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Monday, May 23

Start Typing in Tamil in 3 minutes..

Yup. It's that easy. I had wandered the lonely road of installing tons of fonts and messing with browser setting, keyboard layout and drivers etc.., just to type and communicate in Tamil. Finally, Unicode came to rescue. And it is pretty much supported on any computer. [Hint: You can type emails in Tamil and others can read it without installing or adjusting anything. Just like in English.]

And it's easy to type in Tamil too.

Why? Because there is a phonetic keyboard maping. So, if you type in English, it turns into tamil (type amma in keyboard -> you will see அம்மா on the screen). Just like that.

How? Install this free Keyboard Mapper [eKalappai 1.0 MB download; More Info].

Which? Press Alt+ 2 keys together to type in say, Notepad or Email etc. [More Help in 6 Easy Steps]

What? See the Keyboard Map below? Yup. You don't need to remember anything. This is more for reference. Like,

கிரந்த எழுத்துக்கள்
அ - a
க் - k, g
ஜ் - j
ஆ - aa, A
ங் - ng
ஷ் - sh, ch, Z
இ - i
ச் - c, s
ஸ் - S
ஈ - ii, I
ஞ் - nj, X
ஹ் - h
உ - u
ட் - t, d
க்ஷ் - ksh, kch, kZ
ஊ - uu, U
ண் - N
ஸ்ரீ - sr
எ - e
த் - th, dh, T

ஏ - ee, E
ந் - w, n-

ஐ - ai
ப் - p, b

ஒ - o
ம் - m

ஓ - oo, O
ய் - y

ஔ - au, oLa
ர் - r

ஃ - q
ல் - l

வ் - v

ழ் - z

ள் - L

ற் - R

ன் - n

And bingo!! You can type, and read tamil in any application (word, email, webpages, etc). Just like that. உங்களுக்கும் பிடிக்கும் என்று நினைக்கிறேன். Or you can do cute google searches in தமிழ் like this or this or that.

P.S:Keyboard mapping inspired from Anbudan group

posted at 16:49

Wednesday, May 11


My name in Tamil is ராமச்சந்திரன் மல்லிகா . Let us see if it has any problems when accessed from any browser. Ahh, the bliss of Unicode. And the keyboard layout I used is EKalappai.

Vowels in Tamil - அ ஆ இ ஈ உ ஊ எ ஏ ஐ ஒ ஓ ஔ ஃ
Consonants in Tamil - க ச ட த ப ர ய ற ல வ ழ ள ஞ ங ன ந ம ண

posted at 12:34


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