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Using technology to enhance the teaching of South Asian Languages Steve Cushion
Community Language Project Teaching of languages that do not use the Latin script has long been undervalued, so has the provision of ICT facilities and CALL material been neglected. London Metropolitan University Ealing City Learning Centre The Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths College CiLT
Fonts graphic design applied to a collection of numbers, symbols, and characters and describes a certain typeface and determine how the letters look. Draw the letter from the Latin script as if it is the non-Latin letter. Tamil letter த the same position as the Latin "J".
Unicode a specific hexadecimal number every character in the overwhelming majority of the world's languages. Code charts - eg Bengali http://unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0980.pdf "Unicode" font will display the correct character when the keyboard has been activated. தீபஞ்கள் ஏற்றும் நாளாம் இந்துக்களின் திருநாளாம்
Keyboard Layout The letter the software receives and acts upon when a physical key is pressed. standard layouts for European languages and Arabic many different layouts for South Asia –traditional layouts - whims of early typewriter manufacturers –phonetic layouts - teachers in Europe –Microsoft layout - INSCRIPT
Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator amend an existing layout create new and to install it
Enabling word processing website - http://www.languages.devisland.net/community/ Contains a series of instructions and resources to help set up of computers in such a way that they can use Microsoft software for Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. This includes a series of alternative keyboard layouts that have been produced using the The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. Further details of this software can be obtained from the Microsoft website.
Phonetic Text Editor for Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil A simple text editor that allows the user to type in any one of five South Asian languages. The keyboard layout is based on a phonetic transliteration from the standard keyboard used in the United Kingdom. Can be downloaded from: http://www.languages.devisland.net/community/download/index.htm