Taking Tamil typing to unfamiliar users

The unicode-compatible Tamil fonts will make it easy for the common man to access and share Tamil information. Photo: S.S. Kumar  

A teacher of a Government Primary School at Chinna Kalapet has developed a Tamil typing software with phonetic keyboard driver to assist users who are not familiar with the language in typing out their thoughts as fast as expert users.

P. Muthukaruppan has developed the special typing software with different user interface which comprises keyboard drivers, onscreen keyboards for Unicode, TACE 16 and TAB font encodings which includes phonetic keyboard and Tamil99 drivers.

“The unicode-compatible Tamil fonts would make it easier for the common man to access Tamil information on the websites and share information throughout the world without any font compatibility problem. The phonetic software driver for TACE 16 and TAM fonts and can be downloaded free from www.iniyatamil.com

“It enables user-defined hot keys to switch between English and Tamil languages and auto correction among less-experienced users and helps them to maximise their performance,” Mr. Muthukaruppan said.

The phonetic keyboard enables those who are not familiar with Tamil language and fonts to type the words in English that will be converted into Tamil.

Iniya Tamil Software launched in May 2014 is also equipped with a convertor Maatri which can be used for conversion between different font encodings such as Unicode, TACE16, TAB, TAM, TSCII and Bamini.

Onscreen keyboard for all keyboard drivers has been provided for easy access to all users. Also it has eeZee Tamil Keyboard which has letters arranged sequentially and lets user to click and type. A tool for converting numbers in words enable users to convert numbers up to 19 digits.

During the initial stages of development in 2010, Iniya Tamil which was earlier known as eeZee Tamil, had only limited features. Subsequently, it was developed to support more encodings and additional features have been added, Mr. Muthukaruppan said.

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