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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Typing In Your Language On Any Website Made Easy With Google’s Transliteration Bookmarklets

Google launched its transliteration application on Google India Labs two years ago which initially supports only Hindi language. Users could type in Hindi using an english keyboard. Later Google added support for other Indian languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Tamil, and Telugu. To take this one step ahead, Google announced  a new feature, Transliteration Bookmarklets.

This will let you use transliteration on a website that does not support it currently. Transliteration Bookmarklets is a browser-based application that lets you type in your language in any text box on any website and gets added to your browser much like a regular bookmark.

For example, you can use them to:

  • Chat with your friends in your language using Gmail chat.
  • Search for Google news articles.
  • Send messages in your language on your favorite social networks.
  • Create or edit wikipedia pages in your language.

Once you install the bookmarklet on your favorite browser (it supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari), you can simply turn transliteration on/off in the browser itself.

To get started, click on the links for one of supported languages and follow the instructions on the page: Arabic, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. Alternatively, you can follow the links at http://code.google.com/p/t13n/.

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