How to enable Indic Scripts for Windows 2000/XP?
Note: You will need your Windows XP CD and a reboot will be required for this procedure.
Click Start -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Select Languages Tab. Make sure that "Install files for complex scripts and right-to-left languages (including Thai)" is checked.
If you already have complex scripts support, skip the next step.
Then click OK. If you have not installed the support for complex scripts, Windows will prompt you to insert the Windows XP CD and install some files and then Reboot the machine.
Now that you have the complext scripts support, again open the Regional and Language Options dialog from Control Panel, and click on Languages Tab. Under 'Text services and input languages' click on 'Details...' button. On the settings tab, in the Installed services section, click 'Add...', in both 'Input language' and 'Keyboard Layout' listbox select 'Marathi' or 'Hindi' and then click OK. You can install multiple Indic Languages simultaneously by repeating this process. Now, Marathi or Hindi will show up in the Installed services. In the Preferences section, click on 'Language Bar...' button, and make sure that 'Show the Language Bar on the Desktop' is checked. Then click OK -> OK -> OK.
Now you should be able to view my Marathi Page properly. There are several other Devanagari fonts available for free on the Internet. A quick search on google.com for 'Devnagari Unicode Fonts' can show you a lot of links to sites with Devanagari fonts. Download and install those fonts and you are done.
If the 'Language Bar' is not enabled by default on your Task Bar, right click on the Task Bar, select Toolbars and make sure 'Language Bar' is enabled. Now to type in Devnagari, simply click on the 'Language Bar' and select the keyboard layout you want (Marathi or Hindi). There is also a keyboard shortcut 'Left Ctrl-Shift' (simultaneously press Control and Shift on the left side of the keyboard) to cycle through the available keyboard layouts.
Also, refer to the keyboard layout page on Microsoft's site for Indic Keyboards.
Once you have completed the above steps and rebooted you should be able to see the Devnagati text below. On some newer Windows XP versions you may be able to see the text below without the above confituration, but you'll still need the Indic Script support if you want to type in Devnagari.
For those who find it difficult to use the Inscript Keyboard layout, there are other options. There is a software called Baraha which has a component called Baraha Direct. With a switch of a key you can drop into a 'Baraha Direct' mode which allows you to use the phonetic roman letters to type any Indian language.
Also you may want to take a look at my friend Vikram's blog entry on this topic. This is written in Hindi, so you need to have the above steps completeted to be able to read his blog.
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