The first Malayalam Unicode font ‘ThoolikaUnicode’ was released on 2002 June 22nd
and on 2002 October 27 the font for traditional Malayalam script ‘ThoolikaTraditionalUnicode’
was released along with keyboard driver for typing Malayalam under Microsoft windows.
Following the release of Malayalam Unicode fonts, the free encyclopedia Wikipedia
and Google released Malayalam versions of their websites with the help of these
Malayalam Unicode fonts and now Malayalam Unicode computing is very popular.
With this Unicode keyboard driver software and OpenType Unicode fonts you can input
Unicode standard Malayalam text in any Unicode compatible software like MS Word-XP,
Access-XP, Excel-XP, Outlook... etc... on MS Windows.
The Keyboard selection menu of ThoolikaUnicode
- ThoolikaUnicode have both Government of Kerala approved Inscript Keyboard layout
and the most popular Malayalam Typewriter Keyboard layout (Remington) driver software
for inputting Unicode standard Malayalam text.
- ThoolikaUnicode have both Reformed Malayalam and Traditional Malayalam Open Type
- In Unicode the code points for Traditional Malayalam script and Reformed Malayalam
script is same. So, the changing of script from Traditional to Reformed and vice-versa
can be achieve simply by selecting the font name.
- Alphabetical sorting of Malayalam is 99% accurate in Unicode text.
What is Unicode?
The Unicode standard is the universal character encoding standard used for representation
of text for computer processing. It is fully compatible with the International Standard
ISO/IEC 10646-1;1993. and contains all the same characters and encoding points as
ISO/IEC 10646. Unicode provides a consistent way of encoding multilingual plain
text and brings order to chaotic state of affairs that has made it difficult to
exchange text files internationally.
Unicode has been hailed by many in the computing communities as an ideal solution
to the problems of multiplatform internationalization. It is destined to replace
ASCII and other single and multibyte character sets currently in existence. Majority
of the software developers of the world over have declared conformance to Unicode.
They include IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase, Unisys, Apple, Bell Labs, Compaq, GNU/Linux,
Sun, SCO, Hewlett Packard, Netscape, Ericsson and Novell. More and more applications
are becoming Unicode compliant. It is expected that Unicode will become the de-facto
standard in the multilingual word, especially with the spread of Internet. Visit
http://www.unicode.org for more details of Unicode.