Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Telugu Resources on the Web

I know, I know I haven't been active lately in updating my blogs. I'll try to be more regular from now. Recently, one of my friend Hima pointed me to several telugu resources online and help me to get started on it. This inspired me to find more telugu resources and I thought I would put them all together in one place.

1. Aksharamala (అక్షరమాల): This is software that allows writing Indian language scripts using RTS Transliteration Scheme. Basically Aksharamala generates Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, etc. scripts by simple regular keyboard input. Each language has a keymap that allows writing in that script. Here is the Aksharamala Software and Telugu Keymap. There are several forums in Aksharamala for each language that give several other details.
2. Windows Native Support: Even though Aksharamala allows you to create several documents in Telugu, in order to be able to use Windows editors such as Notepad, Wordpad, MS Word to write Telugu documents, you need to install Windows Regional Language Support, which doesn’t get installed by default. To install it, go to Control Panel, click on Regional Language Support and enable support for complex scripts and east asian languages. This link will help you with further details.
3. MS Telugu Language Interface Pack (LIP): Microsoft announced LIP for several languages in January of this year. Here is the LIP for Telugu. Isn’t it amazing to see Microsoft Web site in Telugu?
4. Telugu Fonts: Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in India has come with Telugu Fonts.
5. English to Telugu Dictionary: Here is an English-To-Telugu Dictionary (తెలుగు నిఘంటువు).
6. Wikipedia in Telugu: http://te.wikipedia.org
7. Google Queries in Telugu: You can now type telugu queries in Google. Look at this.
8. Telugu Bloggers: Here is a community of telugu bloggers: తెలుగు బ్లాగర్లు.
9. A introductory article about Unicode: Here is an introductory article on Unicode by Joel: The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)
10. A short paragraph in Telugu: Finally here is my first shot at a telugu blog:
అకస్మాత్తుగా ఇలా నన్ను తెలుగులో రాయమంటే కష్టమండేనోయ్! మీ అందరికి నా హృదయ పూర్వక కృతజ్నతలు, నా బ్లాగు చూసినందుకు. ప్రేమతో, శ్రీనివాస్.

Enjoy good writing in Telugu!