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Translating and Editing SVG

Picture is worth 1000 words. Illustrations are key in conveying the idea in a simple visual manner. But editing them puts in a entry barrier of knowing to use the tools to edit them even if it’s a spelling correction / minor update. Translating them into other languages was even more a pain. It won’t …

Mobile Input methods

@Yuvipanda and me were discussing about available Tamil input schemes for Android. Until ICS Tamil had no support in android and pre-ICS phones had very limited number of languages supported. Jelly bean added some more languages, but input methods, complete language support even for those limited languages have a long way to go. Even though android …

Localisation Tools @ Wikimedia

As part of my role at Wikimedia Foundation, I shall be posting about things related to localisation / internationalisation efforts at Wikimedia Foundation Localization team and things generally related to Wikipedia / i18n. For those who are unaware of the way it works, here is a short intro. Wikimedia projects exist in 280+ langauges. The software …

Reading Tamil texts in old script.

Tamil Script had undergone a reform on select characters to bring uniformity and simplify the writing style in 1960’s. The table below shows the old way of writing on the left and the current way on the right. I have mild memories of seeing bus boards having னை in சென்னை(Chennai) in its old form with …

Writing short texts

I used to blog sometime back in college. I wouldn’t say twitter killed it. Its mostly my impatience to sit and write long texts. So I now attempt to restart sharing content in “my own” place (as against a facebook wall post :)) writing extended short texts about myself, Wikipedia, Tamil, Technology, Public Transit, Chennai, India and …