Will Kannada Computing Always Remain Virtual?

Here's news on more software localization. Microsoft is now coming up with virtual keyboards and language interface packs in lots of Indian languages, including Kannada:

The company's research team is building a set of language interface packs which will be available in about two months to help users type text via a virtual keyboard in Indian languages including Kannada, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Hindi, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. A total of 45 additional soft (virtual) keyboards, which are freely downloadable from the Microsoft website are being fine-tuned for launch.
Well - we wonder how long we can survive with virtual keyboards. Don't people need real keyboards which have Kannada keys? We've seen people stick stickers of Kannada letters on keyboards, and some manufacturers (notably TVSE) also have physical Kannada keyboards. But when will these really take off in a big way?

What's that killer-app which can bring physical Kannada keyboards to the limelight? Where is Kannada computing going? Will Kannada Computing remain just a hobby for software enthusiasts with a weak corner in their hearts for Kannada? When will Kannada Computing revolutionize Karnataka at large? What's missing today because of which Kannada Computing seems to be only virtual? What's missing today because of which Kannada Computing is just limited to Desk Top Publishing?

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2 comments:

ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ said...

Visit
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/Search.aspx?displaylang=kn

to download
LIP's (Langauge Interface Packs) for
Office 2003
Office 2007
Win XP
Win VISTA

MSN Messanger Kannada Version is also available
Internet Explorer 7 Kannada Version is also available

And Other Tools Like available in Total Kannada
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Family Safety

Visit Bahase India
http://www.bhashaindia.com/Patrons/PatronsHome.htm?lang=kn

for Kannada related discussion & software

Download Kannada IME here
http://www.bhashaindia.com/Downloads/IME/Kannada_IME_setup.zip


PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND USE FIREFOX IN NAMMA KANNADA
http://kn.www.mozilla.com/kn/


With Regards
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Karunadu/

Jai Veerupaksha said...

DhanyavaadagaLu ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ.

Kannada computing will come of age when we ensure that the 80% of students in KA who study in Kannada medium have their first tryst with computing only in Kannada.This is not to deprive them of access to English but the first exposure should always be in Kannada only. This could be a true PPP initiative where The Government awards IT Projects for the Govt. to only those IT companies who agree to partake a small portion of the revenue towards improving educational content in Kannada, research related to computing in Kannada.

State Govt of Karnataka ( when it kicks off on a big scale) should categorically insist on having Kannada as the Project Language and the desktops used for such implementations should have Kannada keyboards only.

For every 10 desktops/laptops imported into Karnataka by the IT companies, the Government should ensure that these IT companies whose acts of charity make the front page headlines everyday, donate 1 desktop with a Kannada keyboard to a Kannada medium School. Government must really plan well to make PPP work for such initiatives.

At an individual level, spread awareness on how to use Kannada keyboards, Kannada software, Kannada applications during weekends at Schools , colleges etc.

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