Amit Agarwal (Digital Inspiration) points out a new feature in Blogger:
An exciting development for bloggers in India who like to blog in mother tongue Hindi but are more comfortable typing English. The new English-Hindi transliteration feature inside Blogger will let you type blog posts in Hindi using English Keyboards.
For sometime now I've been looking for such a transliteration tool. Not for blogging, but as a convenient way to create small texts in Hindi.
Difficulty in using (learning) the Hindi keyboard, has so far deterred me from using Hindi anywhere at all. This handicap has been particularly galling because Hindi is my mother tongue. Yes, quillpad and Hindi Kalam have been around, but they didn't work too well for me.
I tried the new option and it worked exactly as Amit said it would, but here are some lessons:
- Won't work in Firefox, unless you switch on support for complex scripts (Windows XP). Not too difficult to do, but you may need to locate the original CD's.
- Works like a breeze in Explorer (without the need to switch on support for complex scripts).
- You can create text in Blogger and paste into MS Word for further use. I'd had problems doing this with other tools.
यह टूल तो वकायी में आसान है! स्वयम प्रयोग कर के देखें!!
Seems to correctly guess the words, so it is probably dictionary assisted. That's wonderful for those who gave up writing Hindi but use the language competently as native speakers.
And what's more, you can create your Hindi text online, save it as draft and import into Window Live Writer! (Warning: You may have to neaten up the HTML a bit.)
Till we get good speech-to-text tools for Hindi, this would fill in the gap nicely.