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TUNE (Tamil Unicode NEw) is a proposed 16-bit alternate encoding scheme for Tamil developed by TVU (Tamil Virtual University) and KTS (Kani Tamizh Sangam). You can download the CD Content from here (24MB Zip File), that was distributed. After nearly two decades of intense efforts by its members, Unicode is the single, universal character standard for all digital text. It has widespread implementation and usage. It is considered by technical experts as a fundamental technology that the digital world is very dependent on the stability and future extensions of the standard, even though it may not be apparent to you. All major…

I am delighted today – Hon’ble Minister Mr.Dayanidhi Maran (Govt. Of India, IT & Communication) mentioned my name in his speech today in Tamil New Encoding Conference (a.k.a TUNE). The context is this – a conference that is happening currently today by Govt. Of India (Information Technology) and Tamilnadu Govt. to discuss an Alternate 16-bit encoding for Tamil. I wrote about this alternate encoding a year back (TUNE) and my views on the same in my blog. Since I came to know this conference earlier, this Monday (28th Aug) I wrote to Hon’ble Minister and IT Secy (TN Govt) to…

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…

Recently I was checking out one of Nokia’s entry-level phone (Rs.2000) – Nokia 2626. The phone had “Hindi” letters printed on the keyboard, so I was doubtful whether it will have Tamil fonts. I launched the built-in browser and went to INFITT website (HTML page in Unicode), it said loading and processing for over 2 minutes; but I was delighted finally to see the page display properly in Tamil (you can see the image in right). This means that this entry-level device has 1. Unicode support, 2. Tamil Unicode font, 3. Rendering support for Indic languages in particular to Tamil. …