Unicode 6.0 has standardized code points for Telugu characters. However, the classic or old characters cannot easily be typed. So, C-DAC has come up with proposal called Enhanced InScript Keyboard Layout. (You can get their proposal from their web site.) I implemented their proposal for Telugu in the name of InScript+.
With this keyboard layout you can type all the Telugu characters that are currently in Unicode 6.0 standard. The layout looks as follows:
For more details about those old characters, please see this post in my Telugu blog.
How to get this keyboard layout for your computer? Read on.
- Download InScript+ (te-inscr.zip).
- Extract this zip file, and then run setup.exe in the te-inscr folder. (This gets installed in your computer.)
- And then, just use Left Alt+Shift key combination to activate/deactivate the Telugu keyboard layout.
You can use this keyboard layout without installing anything onto your computer. Use Lekhini Inscript.
ibus-m17n, if you do not have it already.
- Paste it into
- Then, restart iBus.
- Select Telugu InScript+ (m17n) from iBus preferences.
- Download te-inscriptplus.
- (As a root of sudo) Copy that file into
- Add the following snippet into
/usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/evdev.xmlfile just above the line “
<layout> <configItem> <name>te-inscriptplus</name> <shortDescription>te</shortDescription> <description>Telugu (InScript+)</description> <languageList> <iso639Id>tel</iso639Id> </languageList> </configItem> <variant> <configItem> <name>basic</name> <description>Telugu (InScript+)</description> <languageList> <iso639Id>tel</iso639Id> </languageList> </configItem> </variant> </layout>
- Restart the xserver, (or just log out and then log back in).
Happy Telugu Typing!