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Google Introduces Transliteration Bookmarklets For 5 Indian Languages

Google India has introduced language transliteration bookmarklets for 5 Indian languages: Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil & Telugu. I've seen instances of people typing out their e-mails at the Transliteration page, and then copy-pasting the text in their email. With bookmarklets, this will no longer be necessary, and users can type in Indic languages on any website.  The bookmarklets currently work for Chrome (version 2 and above), Safari (version 4 and above), Internet Explorer (version 6 and above) and Firefox (version 3 and above). While this is a feature that may get restricted to more tech savvy, it does make it ridiculously easy to type in local languages in any website. Over time, this will help increase both content creation and communication in Indian languages. Do note that Google provides transliteration on its website in other South Asian languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi and Nepali, for which this feature has not been launched. That said, we wouldn't be surprised if bookmarkets in these languages are launched soon. How It Works A Bookmarklet is a small browser based application that is stored as a link in your bookmarks folder, or bookmarks toolbar. Users can drag the following links to their bookmarks toolbar: – [ع Type in Arabic] – [अ Type in Hindi] – [ಅ Type in Kannada] – [അ Type in Malayalam] – [அ Type in Tamil] –  [అ Type in Telugu] When you visit a site, say, Twitter or Facebook, you just have to click on the relevant bookmarket link in your bookmarks toolbar, and the application…

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