Friday, May 14, 2010

How to write in Tamil on Facebook

Sometimes, I do feel like write in tamil on facebook. Being from a tamil education background, I enjoy do that and I feel we all should be since number of people who can write and read Tamil language are pretty much low nowadays.
Anyway, if you feel like want to write in Tamil [ Or any other major languages from Indian Continental ], may try this.
There is this free online editor that can help us to do this. Check out 

*** Edited - The website is no longer active. But you may use

From the website itself,
Quillpad is a free online Indian language typing tool. You can type in Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Nepali. For example, when you type 'neenga eppadi irukkinga' in Tamil, Quillpad will convert it directly into Tamil script. If you write a word like 'nalan', first n should become 'ந' and the second n should become 'ன'. Quillpad will intelligently do that for you. No need to use shift keys or to memorize any key mappings. So 'ராத்திரி' can be written by typing 'rathri', 'raathiri' or 'ratri'. Quillpad can also predict if multiple words are possible for your input. You can click on the word to select from those options. In addition Quillpad allows you to type English words freely in between Tamil words. It intelligently transliterates them into Tamil.
It takes some practise before you get used to it. Give it a try and say "வணக்கம்" on your next Facebook post. :)

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