Now-a-days, lots and lots of Telugu content (both online and offline) is being created in Unicode. There are many free typing tools for Telugu (even, on mobile phones too). People no longer need to buy proprietary fonts and text editors to compose in Telugu. And, a good number of beautiful Telugu Unicode fonts are available for free download, thanks to Telugu Vijayam project of earlier joint Andhra Pradesh government. (These Telugu fonts are also available in Google Fonts.)
Modern publishing tools such as Adobe InDesign have support for Unicode Telugu. And, many people have already published their books in Unicode.
Despite that, most of the Telugu publishing and printing industry and small DTP operators have not yet moved to Unicode. (We need to create awareness of Unicode and its benefits for Telugu content and publishing industry.)
Because the Telugu publishing industry and media still using proprietary fonts, people are looking for tools to convert Unicode text into Anu and other proprietary Telugu fonts for printing.
Here are a couple of links that try to convert Unicode Telugu text to Anu fonts:
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In the 2nd International Telugu International Conference, 2012, which happened in Visakhapatnam, Sri K. Roshaiah released 15 new Telugu Unicode fonts, among spell checker for Telugu and other things. I have not tried all of these yet. But, you can download the fonts and try yourself:
- Andhra Pradesh Government released 9 fonts in the names of Sri Krishnadevaraya and 8 of his poets. And, SiliconAndhra sponsored 6 fonts. Download them here, here, and here.
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Update: The link below now also includes 15 new Telugu Unicode fonts released in ITIC 2012.
On the eve of International Mother Language Day (Feb 21), SiliconAndhra, in association with the IT Department of Government of Andhra Pradesh, released 3 free Telugu Unicode fonts and also launched a website called Telugu Vijavam about technical resources for Telugu computing.
For the impatient, download these 3 Telugu fonts from Telugu Vijayam website.
Here is a screen shot of the homepage of Telugu Vijayam website:
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There are many Telugu web sites and some Telugu blogs that post their text in the form of images. The purpose of this post is to (1) see why anyone would post their text content as images and (2) the drawbacks of such practice.
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When you use Anu Script Manager, the resulting text will not be in Unicode. That means you cannot effectively use that text on the web: (1) Users see it as junk characters unless they have necessary Anu fonts. Not everyone can get Anu fonts as they are not free. (2) Worst part is that Google and other search engines do not understand that your text is in Telugu and cannot show your website in their results for Telugu searches.
The best way is to use Unicode. There are few converters that convert text from Anu to Unicode:
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Microsoft Word 2007 shows Telugu as boxes, especially when you paste Telugu text from elsewhere into Word. Here is how to fix: change the settings of Word so Telugu is rendered correctly:
Andhra Jyothy, a popular Telugu daily, recently relaunched its website in Unicode. That’s a good news. With this launch, Andhra Jyothy joined Surya and Prajasakti, other Telugu dailies that already have their websites in Unicode.
Overall, the site is good. But, they could have done better, at least technically. Here are my (nit)picks:
Continue reading Andhra Jyothy’s website now in Unicode!
If you are an application or web developer and wanting to get into using Telugu (or any other non-English language) in your applications, the following links would help you understand the basics of how natural languages work on computers and web:
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