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:
Continue reading Telugu Unicode to Anu font converters
Did you know WordPress is available in Telugu? It is! However, it is not fully translated into Telugu yet. You can help. You can translate both WordPress.org and WordPress.com:
Read more about this in my Telugu blog: translating WordPress into Telugu.
Continue reading Call for translating WordPress into Telugu
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. Continue reading InScript+ an enhanced InScript keyboard layout for Telugu
I had blogged about viewing Telugu in mobiles. Now, it is time for typing Telugu in mobiles. There are many apps to type Telugu on smart phones. Here are the links:
Continue reading Apps for typing Telugu in mobile phones
Update (Jan 1 & Mar 13, 2014): Latest models of smart phones come with built-in support for Telugu. Here is a summary:
- Android: Android has gained support for Telugu since 4.2 (Jelly Bean), which became available from about end of the year 2012. (Seach for Telugu in this page.) That means all new Android phones (from whatever company) with versions 4.2 and above should render Telugu correctly.
- iPhone, iPad: Any phone/pad with iOS 4 or newer versions should support Telugu.
- Windows Phone: Any phone with Windows 8 or newer versions should support Telugu.
- Firefox OS: Any phone with Firefox OS 1.3 or above versions will support Telugu.
If your phone has the latest OS as said above and is not showing Telugu characters (say when you visit a Telugu website), it could be because the phone company stripped multilingual support. Contact your phone company.
You might want to look for apps for typing Telugu.
The below is earlier version of this post for reference purposes.
Continue reading Viewing Telugu in mobiles and smartphones