Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How to write Hindi in Linux?



There are a thousand way - classic Linux way - through you can write in Hindi. But I will tell you about best and simplest.

The best way to write in Hindi in Linux in through online Hindi typing tool.

There were two most popular online Hindi typing tool that runs out of the box and does not need anything else - No preinstalled Java or anything else!

The first online Hindi typing tool is - Quillpad.

Quillpad's interface is clean and clutter free. You simply start typing in Roman Hindi in below pan and you get Hindi (Unicode) in its upper pan. It also suggest common Hindi words - a kind of spell check.

When you done typing, just copy paste this in your computer say on note pad or use in wordpress or in Blogger Blog tool - which now also has a nice Hindi Transliteration tool.

You simply type kya kar rahe hain aap? And you get - क्या कर रहे हैं आप?

So easy. Isn't it?

The other online Hindi typing tool is HindiKalam

Hindikalam has some not so intuitive interface, but it has an online demo Hindi Keyboard that helps you in typing Hindi correctly. It also gives you Hindi words as suggestion on the fly as you type. You type phonetic roman Hindi in left side and get Unicode Hindi in right pan. You can copy paste and save the data easily.

If you want to type Hindi on your Linux machine traditionally, ie in any Linux application then you need to install Hindi locale files, Hindi keyboard and Hindi fonts etc. In this case, it is advised to use Hindi-preconfigured Linux distribution such as BOSS OS. Use live BOSS Linux CD or install BOSS Linux in your computer and everything will be ready for you - simply select Language Hindi from system tray language icon and you are done.

If you are using other distribution, then you must follow instructions given here -

How to install fonts in Linux?

How to set Keyboard in Linux

How to add Hindi locale in Linux

How to blog in our own language, say in Hindi in Linux

How to make blog in Hindi

How to toggle between Language

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4 comments:

irodov said...

ya..even ihave used quillpad for sometime now.. i have seen it extremely handy in posting big blogs in native script. quillpad is also available for othrer south indian languages. i basically use it for tamil

बेवफ़ा said...

रवि जी, इस post के लिए धन्यवाद। मैं Google पर Hindi typing in Linux ढूँढ रहा था और पहला link आपके ब्लाग का ही मिला। हिन्दी कलम का पहला इस्तेमाल आपको यह टिप्पड़ी भेजने के लिए ही कर रहा हूँ।

Life or something like it said...

I think another good tool for typing in Hindi is Lipikaar (www.lipikaar.com)

With its Firefox add-on I can type in Hindi in any website.

Narendra Sisodiya said...

Please try - http://code.google.com/p/soni-hindi-phonetic-keyboard/

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