Monday, December 28, 2009

Google launches Transliteration IME

Google Transliteration Input Method (IME)

Google has recently launched an offine tool for typing in Nepali Language. Currently available only for windows platform.

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The description in the website says
Google Transliteration IME is an input method editor which allows users to enter text in one of the supported languages using a roman keyboard. Users can type a word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Transliteration IME will convert the word to its native script. Note that this is not the same as translation -- it is the sound of the words that is converted from one alphabet to the other, not their meaning. Converted content will always be in Unicode.

Google Transliteration IME is currently available for 14 different languages - Arabic, Bengali, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Guys! Try this out and post the replies using the tool !!!

          You can get detailed help on installing and using Transliteration IME here.

          You can also try this tool on the web itself:

          Transliteration is available in Blogger, Gmail, Knol, Orkut and as a bookmarklet.

          You can also enable  it on your website using the transliteration API.

To enable transliteration in gmail, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Settings link in Gmail.
  2. On the General tab, select the checkbox next to 'Enable Transliteration.' If you don't see this option, click the Show all language options link first.
  3. Select the language you'd like your messages to be written in from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Save Changes.
Now, when you compose a message, you should see a new button on the left side of your Gmail toolbar (like this: ), and you'll be ready to start typing your message. Here's how it works:
  1. Click the first button in the toolbar.

    You can also use this button (or press Ctrl+G) to toggle transliteration on and off.
  2. Type the words phonetically. Once you type a space or a punctuation mark, the letters will be converted to corresponding language characters, like this:

    Nepali Help icon Type in Nepali using transliteration bookmarklet 

     bookmarklet this link: [अ Type in Nepali] (drag it to bookmark toolbar). Done! Now whenever you visit a web-site and want to type in Nepali, click on the bookmarklet you just created.

    To type in Nepali on any web-site, follow these simple steps:

    1. Click on the [अ Type in Nepali] button in Bookmarks toolbar. Wait till the message "Transliteration is enabled ..." is displayed. The message informs us that transliteration is ready to use.

    2. Click on any text box where you want to type in Nepali. You will see a Transliteration enabled icon icon in the text box. Now start typing in English and words will be transliterated to Nepali.

    3. To switch off typing in Nepali (i.e. to type in English), click on the [अ Type in Nepali] button in Bookmarks toolbar again.

    Here are some places where you can try it out:

    Chatting in Nepali in Gmail:

    Using bookmarklet in Google Chat

    Editing a Nepali Wikipedia article:

    Using bookmarklet in Wikipedia
    or visit this site for complete help on using  nepali transliteration bookmarklet

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