Friday, January 26, 2007

Tools and Services #1

This is the first tools and services update.
All tools/services are currently in Beta and will be so for at least an year. You can find the following online tools at present.

Online Transliterators:
A transliterator is used to change letters, words, syllables or other language elements into corresponding characters or elements of another language or alphabet. This is different from translation. WriteKA has developed two language tranlisterators:
1. English(Roman) to Hindi(Devanagari)
Editor Style (Unicode only)
Simple (Includes Graphic support in addition to Unicode)
2. English(Roman) to Malayalam
Editor Style (Unicode only)
Simple (Includes Graphic support in addition to Unicode)

Search in Vernacular Languages:
WriteKA currently hosts Hindi and Malayalam search using a combination of it own transliteration engine and Google search. The search functionality can be added to your browser if you are using Internet Explorer 7 or Mozilla FireFox 2.0. Getting the plug-in is easy - Just go to http://www.writeka.com/ and click on the drop down list next to your browser's search box. You'll automatically have an option to add the additional search options; or add them from here:
Hindi Search for your browser
Malayalam Search for your browser

If you use an older version of Internet Explorer, but have the Google Toolbar installed, you can still use this search functionality. Click the links below.
Hindi Search for Google Toolbar
Malayalam Search for Google Toolbar

Website Directory:
The website directory is still in the early stages of development. At the moment, the concentration is on Language related websites and giving additional information on languages.
Language Directory