Solaris & Tamil


Ever since I saw the multi language capabilities of KDE (back in 1997/1998), I wanted to have my desktop at work to be in Tamil, my mother tongue. I then become the Tamil language coordinator and worked to get an Indic language officially release part of KDE 2.0.1. Even though it was easy(ier) in Linux, seeing Tamil on Solaris/sparc had been a challenge always and my passion.
Now with Sun behind GNOME, in my spare time, I try to make Tamil work on Solaris (sparc, in particular). Like, compiling the GTK2-IM modules for Tamil in my workstation or compiling my own version of Firefox with --enable-pango. Without this option, Tamil Unicode websites (like http://ta.wikipedia.org) does not render correctly. My request to enable this by default in Solaris contrib builds has been shot down though.
I can now read and write (With setting GTK_IM_MODULE=tamilvp_uni) in Tamil, in the GNOME desktop as well as in Firefox (like this blog, even though there are some bugs)

தமிழ் படிக்க தெரிந்த அனைவருக்கும் எனது வணக்கங்கள்!!
அனைவருக்கும எனது இனிய பொங்கல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!

Siva
Comments:

Weird - what reason were you given for the Solaris builds not being enabled for Tamil text input ? With Firefox in the GNOME 2.12-based JDS builds for OpenSolaris, running in the UTF-8 locale on snv_31, the ta wikipedia site renders, though as I am unable to read Tamil, I don't know whether it's correct or not ...

Posted by Tim Foster on January 17, 2006 at 03:47 AM IST #

Tim, I have sent you a SWAN email on the reason given as well as the screenshot showing what is expected. The Tamil characters can be seen but complex characters do not render correctly.

Posted by Sivakumar S on January 17, 2006 at 05:35 AM IST #

There has been requests to enable --enable-pango option by default for the firefox builds. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=309853

Posted by Siva on January 18, 2006 at 07:41 AM IST #

hi!!! if you go out somewhere , u r not in touch with your own computer, and if u want to still type in tamil , visit this site http://quillpad.in/tamil this is the one which i came across recently and i have been using it for sometime now, it is very user friendly too . keep going dude நீங்களும் தமிழில் எழுதலாம் all the best

Posted by vetriman on July 15, 2007 at 09:56 AM IST #

Hi Siva,I am new to Solaris Express 10, my firefox not properly render the tamil characters.can u please help me? what will I to do?
Thanks in advancearasu

Posted by Arasu on September 03, 2007 at 01:54 AM IST #

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