Re: Bringing Malayalam Unicode Awareness
- --- In malayalamlinux@y..., "human_rationalist" <yahoo@k...> wrote:
> Hi does anyone know whyMinistry of IT (govt. of india) has propsed to include Malayalam chillus
> there are very few characters in the Malayalam Unicode layout. Are
> there any efforts underway to add more characters to this list.
in Malayalam unicode character set range.
I don't know the status of this proposal.
If anyone knows the status, please inform me.
Few years back there was a proposal to include chilllus and signs of
Malayalam 'madyamangals', But that proposal completely rejected by
Now for chillus are mapped as "consonant + chandrakkala + Zero Width
And we can use Zero Width Non Joiner (ZWNJ) for visual splitting of
But In the keyboard layout proposed by Kerala govt. includes single
keys for chillus, and they provided a 'NUK' key also. In the keyboard
layout implimented in X window system has support for this layout and
I used ZWNJ in the position of 'NUK' key.So that if any one want a
visual splitting of characters (eg:- for demo or printing purpose) the
can use 'NUK' key.
And in the sorting order defined in 'locale' , will incude ZWJ for
mapping of chillus, so that sorting also won't be a problem.
If the current proposal is going to be accepted, we can write a simple
script to replace all chillus with new standared.
Then, the 'XKB' file for keyboard map won't be re-write, because I
have selected the new proposed positions of chillus in that file, then
we can remove 'Compose' file (which maps this keystrokes into the
current standared mapping).
- Baiju M wrote:
> 1. GIMP (http://www.gimp.org) will be much powerfull image manipulation thanAnd, download it from
> any non-free s/w
and / or
Latter is better - just unzip it into some directory, (say <somedrive>:\Program
files\gimp, enter ..\gimp\bin, and run gimp.exe. The program will install and
make the necessary changes to the registry when run for the first time. Make
sure that you use screen resolution of 1024 X 786 or better; otherwise, you will
not be able to see the whole initial (installation) screen.
Gimp user manuals :-
A good guide to graphics design using GIMP (hope I am not taking coal to Newcastle).
All are real huge file, and make sure you have a real fast connection, or
use a download manager.
>Community is interested, and is always on look out for good fonts.
> I am a great admiror of *free* softwares (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy)
>> I started developing malayalm fonts in TTF for Windows back in 1991 and
>> dropped the whole thing due to lack of interst and co-operation from the
>> I was quite taken aback by the progress you have made in bringing MalayalamEven I was impressed; and I use MS Win98. Guys, keep up. (PS:- Nov 1st is not
>> support for Linux. Indeed its a great appreciation I wish to join your
far off - can the Malayalalees expect something on that day?)
> ... windows platforms. But I have no idea about windows.Difficulty is that you guys are doing it at OS level. According to my
understanding of the jargon spoken, I feel that it will be easier to switch over
to GNU/Linux. Seems MS Win does not support Malayalam yet; each app running on
win will have to duplicate language support - keyboard drivers, etc.
Mahesh T Pai.