To see and write in Devanagari..

देवनागरीलिपिम् द्रष्टव्यम् लेखितव्यम् च..

To view Devanagari documents on this Sanskrit blog choose the Unicode option for viewing documents in your browser via View->Encoding->Unicode(UTF-8). This will use the default Unicode fonts.

To view the documents best please install Sanskrit 2003 fonts. To create Devanagari documents install the program Itranslator 2003. You can download other Unicode fonts which support Devanagari Script. The fonts that should work are: Sanskrit 2003, Sanskrit 99, Chandas, Uttara, Code2000.

The fonts and programs used to create/write  the posts/pages etc. on this Sanskrit blog can be obtained from:
Swami Satchidananda, Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas http://www.omkarananda-ashram.org

You will need to enable “International Language Support” in Windows systems. Please see the details in the Itranslator 2003 help file.

But still if you dont have “International Language Support” in Windows systems dont worry,it will still work.I do not have it and still it is very useful to me.It could be a little problem to adjust with it in the beginning but then it would be fun.

You can even use Aksharmala for this purpose.

Asharamala 2007 is a open-source windows application that allows easy input of Indian language text. It currently supports Hindi, Sanskrit, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarathi, Gurumukhi, Bengali, Assamese and Urdu. Do give your feedback.

What is Aksharamala?
Aksharamala is a standards-based software tool that facilitates inputting content in Indian languages. While enabled, Aksharamala automatically transliterates the English characters you type to a target Indian Language in the application of focus.Aksharamala works as a conduit between the keyboard and the target application and does not have an UI of its own. It is very flexible in that you can change the target language, the input scheme from the tray app with the use of a hotkey. It supports the popular ITRANS transliteration scheme and several keyboard layouts such as DOE.
 
Features
  • On-the-fly transliteration into the target language using Unicode.
  • Enable / disable using a Hotkey (by default set to Ctrl + Alt + T).
  • Support for adding additional languages or input schemes without constantly updating the software.
  • Support for multiple keyboard layouts (DOE, INSCRIPT etc.)
  • Support for “revers-literation” schemes – This allows easy conversion of existing content created using ASCII based fonts (such as Shusha) to Unicode.
  • Multi-lingual support.
Sample Uses of Aksharamala
General Usage

  • Email, both web-based and email applications such as Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
  • Instant Messaging – Chat with friends and family using Yahoo, MSN messenger
  • Content creation using FrontPage, Word XP
  • Development of Unicode applications that take input in Indian languages
  • Storage of information in Indian languages using MS Access, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL  or other popular database software

Publishing

  • Develop content in Indian languages using applications of your choice
  • Aksharamala comes with high-quality, true-type fonts that are suitable for publishing. You could also integrate your own fonts with it (Using our developer and enterprise editions)
  • Use Aksharamala for an economic means to create, edit and distribute content in Indian languages.

Educational Institution

  • Develop applications in Indian languages for teaching language courses
  • Deploy Aksharamala to facilitate communication using Indian languages via email, instant messaging among your personnel
  • Create content in Indian languages for students to use and communicate

Portal

  • Reach a wider audience by presenting your content in Indian languages
  • Create news reports, online advertisements, other content in multiple Indian languages to cater to specific language groups
  • Provide services to non-English speaking population by creating UI and backend applications to process Indian language input
Strengths
  1. Easy to use
  2. Hot key enable / disable
  3. Non-intrusive
  4. Use the popular applications that you are already familiar with (Outlook for email, MSN for chat etc.)
  5. Supports several popular transliteration schemes and keyboard layouts
  6. Support for Unicode and Proprietary formats alike (we recommend Unicode if your target app supports it)
  7. Runs on all Windows 32-bit platforms from Windows 9x to XP.
Our Competition
  • Most DO NOT support Unicode
  • Most of them use proprietary fonts/input schemes
  • Some even come with proprietary font rendering engines
  • Some are server-based solutions which are slow and non-standard
Advantages
On top of being most convenient and intuitive way to type in Indian languages using an English keyboard our solution has the following advantages as well:

  • Uses Unicode: This allows data interchange between applications using cut and paste and other Windows standard mechanisms. Other non-Unicode solutions do not give this portability as the character-mapping for each font is vendor-dependent and can change without notice.
  • Consistent: Our input method supports many popular Input schemes. We support ITRANS 5.x across all supported Indian languages. ITRANS is consistent across all Indian languages. That is, a user familiar with typing using this method (in any language) can do the same in any other language without re-learning the character sequence.
  • Comprehensive: Our solution is not application specific. Our software directly speaks with OS in a standard manner and so can be used across all applications on Windows 9x, NT, 2000, ME, XP. This means that not only can you create a document but you can also create a directory or file name in Hindi using our software. (NOTE: Directory, filename creation in Indian languages is supported by only Windows 2000/XP while Indic support is enabled.)
  • Standard: Aksharamala is similar to other international input schemes that use the same standards for example Japanese, Chinese etc.,
  • Compact: This software has a small footprint as it uses system APIs for fast and efficient transformation from English character sequence to the respective Indian language.

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  1. Just go ahead and enjoy writing in Sankrit!!

  2. Do give your feedback and ask for queries.

    • hey please can you help me…???
      i am in need of some essays in sanskrit based on the topics ‘gurupadesam’,’vanasamrakshanayoho aavashyakatha’ ,’pathrapravarthanam’ , ‘a letter to a friend telling about your holiday trip’.
      if u can help me please please please send the essays based on these topics to my email id urgently!!!!!!!??????????
      waiting in hope!

      • hi Jaya!
        I am extremely sorry for checking your comment so late. I was completely out of blogging n hence couldnt browse through the site. Pls do tell me if I could be of any help!

  3. If you need to download devanagari unicode font, visit http://www.devanagarifonts.net and search for mangal font.

  4. How would you say, “For internal use(s)/circulation only” (for inter-organizational documents) ? The closest I came up with is: अन्तःस्थानेः विनियोगः

    Hope you can help.

  5. I can type devanagari using ISM in inscript method. I would like to type Devanagari unicode in the same method as it is very easy for me. What can I do? Will you please help me? I ‘ll be very thankfull to you if you ‘ll reply for this.

  6. please help me.
    i am in need of some essays in sanskrit on the topic swathanthradinam-independece day.please send the essays immediatelyto my email id.please………..

  7. cant u show the grammer

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