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We have provided sufficient documentation for both these layouts in later sections.

However, if you are likely to work on Tamil text a lot more than English (or non- Tamil) text, you may want to give the Tamil99 keyboard a try. Details on this keyboard can be found at http://www.tamilnet99.org

Choosing a character set is extremely important. Every Tamil font is designed for a particular character set. A character set (also known as encoding) determines how each character is stored in a font.

If you select fonts

are new and do not want to be troubled by these, we recommend that you

the TSCII 1.7 character that begin with “TSC”.

set. If you Examples

have selected this, you of Murasu fonts that

should only use uses the TSCII

c h a r a c t e r s e t a r e T S C u _ I n a i M a t h i a n d T S C u _ I n a i K a t h i r available in TSCII as well as others. .

All Murasu fonts are

To make this document complete, we provide the detail

s of each character set

below.

Murasu Anjal2000 supports 10 different character sets – 7 for Tamil and one each for Devanagari, Telugu and Malayalam. A brief description of each is given below:

Anjal:

This was popularly used for email communications and Tamil Web

page construction prior to any standardisation effort on 8bit encoding for Tamil. It is still supported in Anjal to enable users to revisit their old documents. Anjal fonts that are based on this encoding start their names with “An_” (like An_Amuthu). The popular fonts like “InaiMathi”, “InaiKathir” and “ArulMathi” (without any pre or postfix in their names) are all based on Anjal

encoding. TSCII 1.7

If you are new to Anjal, or Unicode (see below).

you

may

want

to

start

with

TSCII 1.7:

This is the latest version of the TSCII (short for Tamil Script Code for Information Interchange) format. TSCII is format that was developed by programmers, webmasters and users around the

a common

format

then, many

fonts,

to represent

Tamil in

software and

websites

world to

realise

computers.

Since

adopted this format. If you already use TSCII, or if you are new, you may want to use this format. There is another white paper on

“Moving

to

TSCII

1.7”

that

you

can

download

from

http://www.murasu.com/help/tscii17. on TSCII 1.7 encoding start with “TSC”

The names of fonts based (such as TSCu_InaiMathi).

TAB:

Short from

for Tamil Bilingual, this is another

TSCII

in

the

way

it

renders

8bit standard. It mey-ezutthukkal

differs (—ÀË

  • à´³™è). The dot (½èã’) is encoded as a separate character.

This format was announced after the TamilNet99 conference and

has been

adopted

as a standard

by

government.

The names of Anjal

fonts

the Tamil Nadu state based on TAB start with

TAB

_

(like

TAB InaiMathi

_

etc).

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