Monday, August 20, 2007

Unicode at work in Google India Labs

Google's birthday gift for India is a combination of interface to multiple languages of the land through a web interface. The Google India Lab will support 14 languages from India and surrounding countries in South East Asia.
This will be a boon to people who has internet access but not complete control of English or French (there are parts in India where fluency in French is no surprise) language to brows the Internet in their familiar language.
The world's languages were build on foundations like Sanskrit and the harmony all those languages had in India and surrounding countries together with information exchange that they had for thousand years may flourish with the new Google efforts. India and the sub continent it self is a interesting corner in the world that is very rich in history and knowledge and perhaps one day I will be able to translate some Sanskrit text into English and read the scriptures written 2000 to 3000 years ago! If you enjoy the new features or have questions please iform the people who are eager to hear from you. Also visit the new user community for discussion around the new technologies.
Fro Google post; Official Google Blog: Google Labs India
You don't need a special keyboard or software; all you need is a web browser, a mouse, and a Unicode font for your language. So whether you speak অসমীয়া (Assamese), বাংলা (Bengali), ગુજરાતી (Gujarati), हिंदी (Hindi), ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada), മലയാളം (Malayalam), मराठी (Marathi), नेपाली (Nepali), ଓଡ଼ିଆ (Oriya), ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi), संस्कृतम् (Sanskrit), සිංහල (Sinhala), தமிழ் (Tamil), or తెలుగు (Telugu), we can help you find content on the web in your language. To get started, add one or more of these iGoogle gadgets to your personalized iGoogle home page. You can use these gadgets to compose queries, and ask Google to search the vast Internet in your very own language.

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