Beginning of Malayalam Unicode Computing
The beginning of Malayalam Unicode computing can be traced back to the release of the first Malayalam Unicode font. The first Malayalam Unicode font ThoolikaUnicode was released on June 22, 2002. A second font for treditional Malayalam script (പഴയലിപി), ThoolikaTraditionalUnicode, was released on October 27, 2002, along with a keyboard driver for typing Malayalam under Microsoft Windows. These fonts enabled the use of Malayalam Unicode computing, which was previously not possible.
The release of Malayalam Unicode fonts had a significant impact on the use of Malayalam on the internet. In particular, the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and Google released Malayalam versions of their websites with the help of these fonts. This made it possible for Malayalam speakers to access and contribute to these websites in their own language.
As a result of the increased use of Malayalam Unicode fonts, Malayalam Unicode computing is now very popular. There are a wide variety of Malayalam Unicode fonts available, and they are supported by most operating systems and software applications. This has made it much easier for Malayalam speakers to use computers and the internet in their own language.
- The release of Malayalam Unicode fonts made it possible for Malayalam to be used on a wider range of devices and platforms. For example, Malayalam Unicode fonts can be used on mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers.
- The release of Malayalam Unicode fonts also made it possible for Malayalam to be used in a wider range of applications. For example, Malayalam Unicode fonts can be used in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
- The release of Malayalam Unicode fonts has also made it easier for Malayalam speakers to communicate with each other online. For example, Malayalam speakers can now use Malayalam Unicode fonts in social media, email, and chat applications.
Overall, the release of Malayalam Unicode fonts has had a positive impact on the use of Malayalam on the internet and in computing. It has made it easier for Malayalam speakers to use computers and the internet in their own language, and it has helped to promote the use of Malayalam in a wider range of contexts.
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
Price : Free
- 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 Unicode fonts.
- 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.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista and Windows 7
Thoolika Unicode in news
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The beginning of Malayalam Wikipedia...
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