[ubuntu-in] Typing and more importantly reading in Malayalam
carthik at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 18:25:59 BST 2006
On 3/30/06, Gora Mohanty <gora_mohanty at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> Here is a systematic way of trying things. Could you come on IRC
> tonight, or at some pre-arranged time to work on this?
> 1. Let us start with a single Malayalam font, and check the rendering
> on the system, before worrying about Indic-enabled browsers. If you
> are aware of which fonts provide Malayalam on your system, please
> remove them temporarily, and start with the Samyak font from
> 2. After installing Samyak, show me the output of
> fc-list :lang-ml
> 3. The best Unicode editor that I have come across is yudit
> (http://www.yudit.org/), though it is not very efficient as an
> editor. Install this, either by compiling it yourself, or from an
> Ubuntu package. yudit uses a configuration file,
> ~/.yudit/yudit.properties. There is also a system-wide file,
> /usr/share/yudit/config/yudit.properties, that is copied the first
> time you start up yudit. So, make the suggested change below to the
> system-wide file *before* starting yudit, or to the personal file
> of the user you are running as.
> Edit yudit.properties, find the line starting with,
> "yudit.font.TrueType=...", and append the name of the .ttf font file
> for Samyak, e.g., Samyak_Malayalam.ttf. To avoid confusion, I have
> attached my yudit.properties file that you can simply copy to the
> appropriate location.
> Make the font available to yudit. Copy the .ttf file to
> /usr/share/yudit/fonts, or make a symbolic link to where you have
> installed it in the system.
> Start up yudit. If you are using the yudit.properties file that
> I have attached, you should now see "TrueType" in the font tab
> (third from left), and "Malayalam" in the input tab. Else, do a
> shift+F2 for the font tab, and a F3 for the input tab, with the
> attached yudit.properties file. Now you should be able to type in
> Malayalam with a pseudo-phonetic (ITRANS) layout. If you prefer
> Inscript, use F2.
> 4. Ideally, one would check rendering with a comprehensive list of
> conjuncts in Malayalam, e.g., for an Oriya equivalent, see
> http://oriya.sarovar.org/or_conjuncts.html. While it can be time-
> consuming, and sometimes a contentious issuse, to come up with such
> a list, my personal feeling is that it is essential. Please let me
> know if you would be willing to type this up in yudit, which should
> render it correctly. It is sufficent to start with a list from a
> dictionary, for example.
> 5. Armed with such a list, and what is hopefully a reference rendering
> from yudit, I, or someone else, could fix any bugs in Pango. If it
> is too much of a hassle to compile a complete list, you can type
> in snippets that have improper rendering, save the file as utf-8
> (default with yudit), and open it in gedit to investigate
> differences in rendering.
> 6. You can short-circuit some of this work by looking at how your
> browser renders examples at http://www.m17n.org/m17n-lib/. However,
> this uses yet another rendering library, m17n, and the short-
> circuiting skips enough steps that I hope you will understand if I
> do not have the time to help you out separately with that.
I will try this out immediately after I get back from a conference on
Monday. I will log into #ubuntu-in (as carthik) and we could meet
I will send you an email after I get back to let you know how this
goes for me, and when we can meet.
Thanks a LOT :)
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