Technology Development for Indian Languages Programme (TDIL) of DeitY (Department of Electronics and IT) has developed Urdu language fonts and keyboard drivers for Windows and Android.

The fonts released include Unicode compliant Open Font format for Naskh script – 12 numbers, Nastaliq script – 1 number, Urdu Keyboard driver with enhanced INSCRIPT, Phonetic and Custom for Windows 32 / 64 bit Operating system and enhanced INSCRIPT keyboard for Android platform. A total of 12 Naskh and 1 number of Unicode 6.2 compliant fonts are being made available to the public.

DeitY claims that the latest Urdu Keyboard driver based on Enhanced INSCRIPT has capabilities to handle right to left scripts of Urdu on any existing UNICODE compliant application, running under programs enabled by Windows such as Notepad, MS-Word, etc in Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and higher editions.

The English QWERTY layer in the on-screen keyboard driver for Android has been updated to support English inputs while working with Urdu. The keyboard driver supports Android version 4.1 and above and can be downloaded from Mobile Service Delivery Gateway (MSDG) Appstore at http://apps.mgov.gov.in/home.jsp

Fonts for 22 languages: In June 2013, DeitY had also created a repository of fonts for all 22 constitutionally recognized languages through TDIL. These fonts are available as a CD that can be procured from TDIL or the entire suite can also be downloaded on TDIL website. DeitY is also pushing state departments to use these fonts in all e-governance initiatives. As a part of this move, the department also planned to facilitate working computers with these fonts. It seems that the launch of the Urdu fonts was a step in that direction. The website also offers Marathi typing tutor.

Other Urdu input options: In April 2013, Nuance Communications’s text input app Swype had added support for Tamil & Urdu to its language options, bringing the total Indian language support to four languages including Hindi and Hinglish which it added in July last year.