On Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 5:07 PM, sankarshan <foss.mailingli...@gmail.com> wrote: > On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> Only few years before even PCs supported all of these and it will take more >> years to get this in all gadgets. So, the only expectation now is to at >> least display the characters well. Input is the next priority which can be >> solved by 3rd party apps for time being once the display issue is solved. > > Linux distributions have had the underlying codebase infrastructure to > "support" Indian languages for close to 8 years now. Admittedly, the > frameworks have changed/improved and, the resultant APIs have evolved. > But the definition and scope of support put forth in my original mail > has existed for that period of time. So it is certainly not a "few > years". > > "Displaying the characters well" is a very broad based statement and, > I'll provide an example from the 4.0.3 build - I see Bengali rendered > with some degree of accuracy when using the Gmail app, the same cannot > be said when using the Twitter app for Android. Which brings out the > notion that the ability to build up and use the existing underlying > frameworks is not very well baked in. The other bit that will be > useful to create a set of publicly available standard test pages for > Indic text. Paragraphs which have sufficient complexity being handled > via nearly all conjunct combinations and so forth would actually help > testing the mobile app to the fullest. > > Input and, primarily input methods are desired to be some form of > standardization or, at least a reference implementation. In the early > days of Linux (and, very recently during the stage with the 'Rupee' > symbol), a lot of 3rd party application developers and ISVs came up > with their own implementation of input methods and layout. The > resultant effect was a large corpus of document which needed some form > of 'translation' into Unicode-compliant form. Punting on ISVs to fix > the input issue is a bad bet fraught with dangers. I am not suggesting > that the ISVs will go out and deliberately muddy up waters. But the > nature of the business and, the precedent leaves no doubt of such a > situation repeating itself.
Well said sankarsan. Did anyone tested wikipedias in these languages in Android ICS? The controversial Lohit-Tamil font (I understand , Quality issues with Lohit was the reason for disabling Webfonts extention in Tamil) seems to be the default in Android . Anyway rendering in Andoid will be better that that of windows , because it uses harfbuzz. Anivar _______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l