Monday, September 20, 2010

Keyboard handling for Indian language

In the last two articles, I wrote about “Font is a face of human emotions & thinking”. I wrote about “Indian language font” and how it is important to select an appropriate & accurate font while writing any thing on computer.

In this article, I want to inform about “Keyboard handling” that is directly lined/connected with Indian language computing. Without “keyboard handling”, Indian language computing will not be understood in totality.

Now before that i want to ask few simple questions. Answers are very simple and known to every person. However, answers will empower You about how important “keyboard handling” is in connection with Indian languages and Indian language computing.

Let us assume (hypothetically and only for discussion purpose.

  1. You got a wonderful car & it is expensive too, However, if there is no fuel in the car and/or there is no money available with you to fill up the fuel in car.
    • Can you drive the vehicle?
    • Answer is NO.
  2. Similarly, you invested huge money (from your own pocket/by-getting loan from financial institute) to build a wonderful & dream home for Yourself & for Your family.o However, if there is no power in home, there is no money left with you/available with you to buy the power and/or there is no power grid near by Your home.
    • Can you & your family enjoy & use that home for 24/7/365?
    • Answer is NO.
  3. Similarly, when your PC or your MAC got (wonderful, artistic, decorative, pure, neat & covering all the aspects of language) Indian language font (you got it free, You copied it from someone else, you downloaded from web site, etc. etc.) but you don’t have keyboard-handling logic/utility software supplied with that Indian language font and/or You don’t know how to type in Indian language on your computer/Mac using that font.
    • Can you use that font for typing out “Your thoughts” and “Your emotions”?
    • Answer is NO once again.

That is the exact point where I wish to have your kind attention.

“Keyboard handling” logic is like heart of Indian language font, Indian language computing & Indian language computing business.

Let us go back and understand how this became an important subject/issue when we talk about Indian language computing.

You might be aware that before computers were introduced/launched in India, all types of users, used to use electronic typewriters.

At that time, only Godrej & Network (It was part of HCL group. When HCL launched PC’s in India. This unit was merged in PC business) used to supply bilingual electronic typewriters all across India. Having said this, both these firms used to focus only on Govt. business, Defence business & on education sector in respective business territories.

At that time, there was another firm by name PCL who also tried & burned their fingers in this business line. i am aware of this since i was associated with PCL.

That is the only time when i failed to serve Indian consumers. i have no fear to accept the fact that i failed to select an appropriate employer and i will never forget about it. i always wanted to serve Indian consumers, but PCL as a company never ever understood the business line & need of consumer.

Having said this, i also have to say that PCL was one of the best marketing & sales organisations. i learned many lessons about sales, service, direct sales, indirect sales, marketing, branding, etc. via PCL only. Through hard ways & through great pains.

Before that (consumers buying bilingual electronic typewriters), people used to use mechanical typewriters for English as well as for Indian languages.

Mechanical typewriter was the first machine that was used all over the world for typing out various documents. When mechanical typewriter was viewed & seen by few Indian manufacturing companies like Godrej, Facit & Remington? Since they were born in India and India was multilingual, they realised the importance of Indian languages and launched their own linguistic typewriters across India in respective languages.

At that time, no one was in that business. These manufacturers worked along with some linguistic R&D people from respective states and launched their own linguistic mechanical typewriters and with their choice linguistic keyboard layout. These layouts became popular in respective states as “Godrej” layout, “Remington” layout & so on.

As usual + as expected, Govt. of India (ruling at that time) and various States Govt. (ruling at that time) never realised the importance of Indian languages on mechanical typewriters (and in turn on electronic typewriters & then on PC’s/Mac’s/Linux machines).

These manufacturers started shipping their brand of mechanical typewriters in Indian market. At that time, these typewriters purchased by Govt. offices, by typewriter training institutes, by schools, by colleges, by universities, etc. etc. and that is how linguistic keyboard layout became popular in respective states & for respective languages.

Where as for English, there was only one keyboard layout that was popular & globally accepted for English language and that is “QWERTY” keyboard layout.

If You wish to know more about English layout? Please visit following web links namely:


When IBM compatible PC’s were introduced back in 1987? That is the real time when Indian language computing triggered off. In those days, software developers started developing DOS based linguistic products. At that time only Word Processor was available which was used largely by linguistic users.

The day, Windows was launched on PC’s and MAC operating system was launched on Apple? Indian language computing started running.

Day by day usage started increasing and that is the time suddenly users realised that “Keyboard handler” is one of the most important aspects of Indian language computing.

Till today, lot of professionals, enthusiastic individuals, small & medium organisations including world giants like Microsoft, Google, Apple and over all Linux community tried their hands and came up with their own R&D solutions for “keyboard handling”.

However, no one has ever beaten “Keyboard handler” solution/logic developed by Modular InfoTech long back. One of the beauties is, every linguistic user is free to select an appropriate keyboard layout of his/her choice. No compulsion on him/her to use supplier’s keyboard layout. No need of learning new keyboard layouts that are forced by some organisations/individuals.

Over & above, document created by A user using A particular keyboard layout can be edited by B user using B particular keyboard layout and can be re-edited by C user using C keyboard layout. In addition to this, this versatile “Keyboard handler” also allows users to create their own choice of keyboard layout as per his/her comfort.

What else Indian linguistic user can expect from software development company and that is why i keep telling Indian language computing users.

  • Do not buy Indian language font just like that.
  • Do not download free Indian language fonts available on web.
  • In case, You are a serious Indian language-computing user, think about this aspect of “keyboard handling” first and then take a decision.

Next time when you think of going for Indian language font for your PC and / or MAC, Think of Shree fonts supplied in Modular’s Shree-Lipi package (Shree-Lipi is available on Windows as well on MAC) and think of “Keyboard handling”. See actual demonstration and/or ask for “keyboard handling” demonstration and then take decision.

  • Invest Your hard-earned money (and Your organisation too) for right product, appropriate product and accurate product.
  • We value Your decision.
  • We value Your investment and we sincerely wish & want You to get 100% ROI (Return on Investment) on Your purchase decision.We care too.

(Thoughts mentioned in above article are writer’s sole thoughts. You may agree, You may not. You can be connected with writer, Mr. Phadke Subodhkumar Narayan via email and his email ID is . Writer is associated with Modular InfoTech and writing is his passion apart from many activities that he do in his personal as well as professional life)

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