Wednesday, May 07, 2008

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ಲಾಗು (blog).

Folks not familiar with Kannada will wonder what this blog post is about. This is about an excellent new feature in Google's Blogger: the recent addition of support for Indic languages. The man-machine interface is so good that you can create real Kannada characters just through a browser, as you can see below. However, the software is still evolving and not all input avenues produce the same result always. (This is very reminiscent of lack of object-oriented behavior that early Microsoft products used to have).

[Warning: Kannada characters show properly only in Internet Explorer and Safari; I don't quite know what is not right with the Mozilla Firefox].

You can use any natural phonetic transliteration that you can think of, and you are prompted for possibilities. In other words, all the procedures you had to go through using Baraha seems unnecessary. If you didn't get it right, no sweat. You will get a popup Kannada keyboard mini-window from which to select the right Kannada representations. (In Internet Explorer 7.0, the popup mini-window sometimes shows up almost outside of your view area).

ಈ ಪುಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕೆಲವು ವಾಕ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು, ಮತ್ತು ವಾಕ್ಯಾಂಗ ಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು, ನೀವು ನೋಡಬಹುದು.

  1. ೧. ಸಿರಿಗನ್ನಡಂಗೆಲ್ಗೆ.

  2. ೨. ಅ ಆ ಇ ಈ ಉ ಊ ಋ ೠ ಎ ಏ ಐ ಒ ಓ ಔ ಅಂ ಅಃ

  3. ೩. ಇಳಿದು ಬಾ ತಾಯಿ ಇಳಿದು ಬಾ.

  4. ೪. ಸರ್ ಮೋಕ್ಷಗುಂಡಂ ವಿಶ್ವೇಶ್ವರಯ್ಯ.

  5. ೫. ಮೈಸೂರು ವಾಸುದೇವಾಚಾರ್ಯರ ಯಾವ ಕೃತಿ ನಿಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು?

  6. ೬. ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಗಾಯತ್ರಿ ಅವರೇ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈವತ್ತು ಏನು ಅಡಿಗೆ?

  7. ೭. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್‌ ಕಿಶನ್‌ ಸಂದರ್ಶನ

  8. ೮. ಮೈಸೂರಿನ ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ ಮಸಾಲೆ ದೋಸೆ.

  9. ೯. ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಸ್ತೂರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ಕನ್ನಡ ಶಬ್ದಕೋಶವನ್ನು ನೋಡಬಹುದು.

  10. ೧೦. ತಾಯಂದಿರ ದಿನ, ೨೦೦೮, ಅಂದರೆ ಮೇ ೧೧ ಅಥವಾ ಮೇ ತಿಂಗಳ ಎರಡನೇ ಭಾನುವಾರ.

As you can tell, I have not yet figured out how to produce Kannada numerals automatically within the ordered list. The other annoying thing is that, if you want to mix English and Kannada in the same blog post, you have to keep tweaking your Blogger.Settings.Basic. I have no doubt that will get fixed in the not too distant future: Google engineers can be relied upon to produce that.

Finally, Kannada publishing seems to be so enjoyable that I have started a new blog site exclusively devoted to blogging in Kannada.

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