I believe the i18n team has been working on this for quite a while. Do note there are several tools [built in] for typing in Devnagari with Keymanweb and Narayam being the ones I am aware of.
On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Yogesh Khandke <yogesh_khan...@yahoo.com>wrote: > I've done Wikipedia workshops at TISS Mumbai and at Ahmednagar , the > former with PhD students and the later with undergraduates, the bottleneck > was the great difficulty in typing using Devnagari. > > Can anything be done to address the issue? > > ------------------------------ > *From:* Abhijeet Safai <abhijeet.sa...@gmail.com> > *To:* wmin-memb...@googlegroups.com > *Cc:* Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia. < > email@example.com>; pr...@wikimedia.in > *Sent:* Friday, 2 August 2013 10:51 AM > *Subject:* Re: [WMIN-Members] [Press] : Times of India : " Wikipedia boom > in Marathi, Malayalam and other desi languages" > > Great to know! > > On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM, CherianTinu Abraham < > tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote: > > *Times of India : " Wikipedia boom in Marathi, Malayalam and other desi > languages"* > > http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Wikipedia-boom-in-Marathi-Malayalam-and-other-desi-languages/articleshow/21518534.cms > > *A vibrant vernacular Wikipedia seems to be taking root in India. In the > last eight months, the number of Wikipedia entries has grown substantially > in 20 Indian languages, says a study by the Bangalore-based Centre for > Internet and Society (CIS). > > Wiki, the world's largest online encyclopaedia where anyone can write and > edit articles, didn't have much content in vernacular till a few years ago. > According to the study, Wikis in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi have > added thousands of new articles on various subjects from September 2012 to > April 2013. A few of these pages were viewed more during this period. > Marathi, which had 30 lakh page views per month previously, had another 10 > lakh visitors, while Bengali Wikipedia had 14 lakh page views. > > While Malayalam Wiki took the top position with an enviable team of 100 > plus editors, the number Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit editors came down. > "Marathi has 40,000 articles. But most editors in Mumbai prefer to work on > English. Pune has more Marathi editors,' says T Vishnu Vardhan, programme > director, Access to Knowledge project at CIS. > > "In the last two years, the demand for knowledge in Indian languages has > grown as we have moved to the motto of 'roti, kapda and internet'," says > Vardhan. > > One of the reasons for growth is that many browsers now support Indian > language scripts. But this was not the case in early 2000. Though many > wanted to read and type in their own language, there was no browser > support, says Shiju Alex, blogger and Malayalam Wiki editor. Moreover, > many didn't know how to type in their mother tongues. > > But once Indian languages were encoded in Unicode, the fonts became > accessible. "There was no need to write Malayalam in English and people > started blogging in their mother tongues," says Alex. According to Vardhan, > communities with better literacy rates seem to have taken the lead online. > > "Telugu Wiki is stronger as internet penetration in Andhra Pradesh is > higher than in places where Bhojpuri or Assamese is spoken." > > As with most online language initiatives, the Wiki movement was also > fuelled by the diaspora. Tinu Cherian Abraham, a former board member of > the Wikimedia India chapter, talks about how an NRI's love for Malayalam > kick-started the project. > > But now there are many Wiki foot soldiers in India, including a blind > editor of Hindi Wikipedia and an elderly contributor from Kerala whose > passion for free knowledge has helped him forget his ailments. * > > Regards > Tinu Cherian > pr...@wikimedia.in > http://wiki.wikimedia.in/In_the_news > > Important Note : Non-commercial reproduction for informative purposes > only. The publisher ( Times of India ) of the above news article owns the > copyrights of the article / content. All copyrights are duly acknowledged. > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "wmin-members" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to wmin-members+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. > > > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "wmin-members" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to wmin-members+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. > > > > > -- Srikanth Ramakrishnan Treasurer, Wikimedia Chapter [India] Donate to the Wikimedia India Chapter today<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Donations>
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