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I have been a member of an organization called INFITT from its inception around 2000. INFITT (International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil) a global, non-governmental, non-profit organization registered in California, USA. In Tamil known as “உத்தமம்” (உலகத் தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப மன்றம்). Its main objective is to promote Tamil computing worldwide by bringing together professionals of Tamil IT, enthusiasts, Research Scholars and ordinary Tamils, so that Tamils can enjoy the benefits of all IT developments natively in Tamil environment. Over the years I have participated in various working groups and activities of INFITT. Last year I was nominated as Chair to…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV-JDKQDCe4 I was invited to present a guest talk for the annual Tamil Internet Conference 2019, that is underway at Anna University, organized by INFITT along with Tamil Virtual Academy and others. I presented a talk with demos titled aptly as “செயல் விளக்கம்” – Demonstration of tools for Tamil for writing and coding. I demonstrated the following: Google Voice Typing in Tamil on your PC – கூகுளின் குரல்வழித் தமிழில் உள்ளிடல் வசதி. How to use Tesseract, the open-source OCR engine to convert scanned pages in Tamil to PDF with Embedded Text (in Tamil) feature enabled, so that search in Tamil and…

For more than two decades, having computer translation, voice recognition and handwriting recognition in their mother tongue(s) have been a dream for many of the Indian language speakers including Tamilians. Partnering with institutions around the world, INFITT members have been working on this and had presented many technical papers on the subject in its annual conferences like with TI2010, when Unicode got Tamil Nadu Governnment’s approval. [This year’s conference is happening at the Anna University, Chennai from September 20-22, 2019] Even when the support for local languages are in the devices, how effectively are they being used? That’s a discussion…

On the question of what needs to be done to help Indic languages only speakers to improve their lives and livelihood through mobile (and technology at large) – the views tend to run all over the spectrum. Tech majors (like Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft & Facebook) feel they have done enough and to do anything beyond there is no “ask” from the users’ side – who are happy to keep using English (even though their English knowledge is basic) as it is an Aspiration & Social Status language in Tamil Nadu & India. Even whatever these companies (and open source…

As someone who has been involved for over two decades, it is heartening to witness the progress Tamil language computing has achieved in recent years. In the early decade(s) the pace of development (for Tamil) was painstakingly slow and limited to fonts and keyboards, then it just took off – coinciding with the meteoric rise of Mobile phone users in India. In the early years, the Tamil technology pioneers had to work very hard to see their language show up on the computer screen when none of the platform software vendors cared for any of the non-latin languages. Even within…