Re: newbie+ assamese translation
- From: "Dewan Hrishikesh" <hrishikesh dewan gmail com>
- To: "Simos Xenitellis" <simos lists googlemail com>
- Cc: gnome-i18n gnome org
- Subject: Re: newbie+ assamese translation
- Date: Sun, 6 May 2007 19:47:57 +0530
thanks simos, i got some good idea of going about. why don't you document it out for some newbie to get a first hand information to start.
Simos Xenitellis <simos lists googlemail com> wrote:
On Sat, 2007-05-05 at 13:05 +0530, Hriday Phukan wrote:
> this doesnot work as because they have not yet supported assamese.
> however there is hack in that we can work out the keymap by including
> extra characters as required.
> there is one more problem that i am facing is that i am unable to read
> the keyboard applet. my ubuntu and debian etch gnome keyboard applet
> is not displaying the characters in the correct format
What do you mean by not "in the correct format". Is that a rendering
issue or an encoding issue?
> and second question will true type font help in doing this ? i have
> located a true type font that could be used ?
You can easily install a Truetype font (Unicode) by simply dropping it
in ~/.fonts/. Or /usr/share/fonts/ for system-wide.
The system however does not guarantee that it will use that font to
display Assamese. Specifically, Assamese uses the Bengali script with
the addition of two glyphs (???) (Wikipedia). So, most probably a
Bengali font will override the Assamese you add.
So, what you do is simply select your own font at
System/Preferences/Font and will override all others. To verify your own
font is used, click Applications/Accessories/Character Map. Then, pick
the Bengali section. For each glyph simply right-click on them and it
will show you which exactly font the glyph came from.
IndLinux.org website that Ihar mentioned, points to
http://luit.sourceforge.net for information on the Assamese language.
I have the impression it is not very active; it would to be good to find
a contact there.
At the Luit website, at the front page, there is a news item for the
'XKB keymap'. If you install the 'XKB keymap', you will be able to see
Assamese in the Keyboard applet of GNOME. If this keymap solves all
problems with Assamese writing, the luit team can send it "upstream" to
the keyboard project (xkeyboard-config) and then all newer distributions
will be able to write in Assamese simply by choosing the language.
The installation instructions for the keyboard map that are included are
not good ones; they do not help to integrate with GNOME Keyboard
1. You need to place the Assamese (as) file in /etc/X11/xkb/symbols/
2. Add in the keyboard database the Assamese layout,
3. Set the new layout at the Keyboard Applet. Set two layouts in total
(English, Assamese) as there might be some issues with three layouts.
Set the keyboard combination to switch between layouts; the default is
AltAlt which may not be good. Alt-Shift could be better.
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