Published on May 25, 2008
Blogging Beyond English by: Amit Gupta www.a mitgupta .in
What are we looking at? Is it possible to do it in languages besides English ? What about the font problems ? How will others be able to read ? How can I write in a language other than English the easy way? Which Blog Platform ?
Is it possible to do it in languages besides English ? Yes , its definitely possible . जी हाँ यह ििलकल सं भ व है । ु Hundreds of thousands are already doing it . Three Big Guns on Internet – MSN, Yahoo & Google – already have their portals in languages other than English . What do ya think ? I blog in Hindi as well! http :/ / hindi.am itgupta .in / Currently more than 7200 Hindi Blogs 600+ Hindi Blog posts being written every day
What about the font problems ? Say what ? Font problems ? Its time to wa ke up !! :) Say Hello to Unicode . It supports characters from ma ny langua ges and supports both Left -to-Right and Right -to-Left scripts . Many free Unicode fonts available on internet . For Hindi, Mangal is a popula r Unicode font . Arial Unicode MS is a massive 22 MB font but has support for ma ny scripts , and its rendering is bea utiful a s well. :) Most major operating systems are Unicode enabled by default . Eg. Microsoft Windows XP and Vista
How will others be able to read ? If they are using Unicode enabled operating system and if their browser supports Unicode and if they have the character set installed . Microsoft Windows XP a nd Vista support Unicode by default . Browsers (on Windows ) – Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera For help on Hindi -- http://snipurl.com/read_hindi
Writing non-English the easy way!! Its very very easy, really!! Lets see how: On windows , you just need to setup an IME – an Input Method Editor. Options – Indic IME - www.bhashaindia.com Bara ha IME - www.baraha.com/BarahaIME.htm More info on Hindi typing -- http://snipurl.com/type_hindi Negligible learning curve – many input schemes available . InScript – developed by C-DAC, endorsed by Govt . of India Remington , Typewriter Phonetic
Writing non-English the easy way!! Phonetic is very easy & recommended for people with no prior experience in Hindi Typing. a + m + i + t = अिित g + u + p + t + A = गुपा a + m + i + t = ಅಮತ g + u + p + t + A = ಗುಪಾಾ
Which Blog Platform ? WordPress and Blogger – both work ! WordPress software – www.wordpress .org WordPress .com service – www.wordpress .com Blogger.com service – www.blogger.com Its your choice !
End Notes Softwares : Options for windows – Indic IME - www.bhashaindia.com (13 Languages) Bara ha IME - www.baraha.com/BarahaIME.htm (11 Languages) More on Hindi -- http://snipurl.com/hindi_tools Help on the Web for Hindi : Setup Help -- http://devanaagarii.net/ Wiki -- www.akshargram.com/sarvagya Discussions -- http://groups.google.com/group/Chithakar/ Major Hindi Blog Aggregators : Narad -- http://narad.akshargram.com/ Hindi Blogs -- http://www.hindiblogs.com/ Chitthajagat -- http://www.chitthajagat.in/ Blogvani -- http://www.blogvani.com/
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