I get many hits to this blog in the form searches about Telugu keyboard layout. It seems that my earlier posts offering a way to type Unicode Telugu using apple and modular keyboard layouts are attracting many hits. I just want to note here that those two layouts are intended only for people who already knew those layouts (on Anu Script Manager or other proprietary and traditional Telugu typing systems) and do not want to learn a new layout when they want to type in Unicode.
If you are new to Telugu typing and want to learn a keyboard layout, you should learn InScript layout. InScript layout is standardized by Government of India for all Indic scripts. Windows XP, Vista, 7 operating systems already come with this keyboard layout. You just need to enable it. InScript layout is also available in Linux and Macintosh operating systems.
Here are the normal and shifted snapshots of Telugu InScript keyboard layout.
For the new users who want to work on Anu, I still recommend InScript. Anu Script Manager has InScript layout. It is known as DOE. Instead of learning apple or modular layouts, learn InScript layout. So, your skill will not be rendered obsolete when Unicode takes over Telugu publishing.
There are also typing tutors for InScript layout:
- Free Online Telugu Typing Tutor from Kinige.
- Anupama Telugu Typing Tutor: It is available for Rs. 999. I reviewed it in my Telugu blog. Also see a review by Chava Kiran.
- An InScript Typing Tutor has been included in the CD distributed by Government of India under Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) Programme. In fact, I learned InScript using this tutor.
- Lekhini InScript: A free online tool that I have been developing for typing in and learning InScript Telugu keyboard layout
So to summarize, for Telugu typing, use InScript keyboard layout.
Update 2013-05-19: Added a link to Kinige’s free online Telugu typing tutor.