Now, all Indian languages in cyberspace
BANGALORE: The Centre for Development and Advance Computing hit a significant milestone on Tuesday in its journey to bridge the digital divide in India.
In a medium where English is the presiding deity, the CDAC's release of fonts and software tools in six languages — thus completing the releases in all 22 official Indian languages — is a significant step towards increasing Indian language content on the Internet.
Packages in Bangla, Konkani, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Manipuri and Santali (all except Bangla available in two scripts), along with 16 others, are now available free for download or can be ordered from the Indian Language Data Centre website ( www.ildc.in). A quick peek at the Hindi Firefox browser reveals a completely customised browser with only the logo and the URL in English. Besides True Type fonts and Unicode-compliant Open Type fonts that can be installed, the CD offers localised avatars of software tools such as a full office Suite Open Office (3.0), FireFox Browser, Pidgin (a multiprotocol messenger), Thunderbird email client and a content management system.