ونڈوز پر اردو کے استعمال کے لیے چند مشورے اور جُگاڑیں

Computer usage in one’s own native language is getting popular these days, and many Softwares now include several languages to overcome the language barrier of the users. It has its own joy of interacting with computers in mother tongue.

Urdu is also one of the languages which is gaining popularity in computer usage. Efforts have been conducted by Pakistani Universities and other professionals to enhance the presence of urdu in general computing activities. These efforts are often supported by Govt. of Pakistan. NUCES Lahore Campus has contributed significantly to the cause with their CRULP ( Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing) initiative.

Following is a list of few good utilities for using urdu on PC from CRULP.

Just to let you know about the complexity of fonts for languages in arabic script is that the actual appearance of character /alphabet is dependent on the context. e.g م is meem, in محمود there are 2 positions for meem, initial and middle,and in علم meem is in final position:)
Now urdu uses alphabets from arabic language, but it follows persian script “Nastaleeq”, which may be a bit difficult for computers, as each new character is connected at a lower level and the whole word follows a slanting path.

So use these utilities, and send your suggestion to the developers, so that they may come up with a better and enhanced version.

regards

faraz

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2 responses to “ونڈوز پر اردو کے استعمال کے لیے چند مشورے اور جُگاڑیں

  1. I want to start blogging in Urdu. Can you kindly help. My blog is at http://www.moinansari.wordpress.com

  2. Hi
    I am really sorry for replying you so late.

    There are few things that you need to do for blogging in urdu.
    First you need a blog application that supports Right To Left
    language. WordPress would do. If you host your blog on your own
    server, you may consider to use a mod of wordpress which usually comes
    with some enhancements, like on screen keyboard etc.
    The other part of the problem is writing in urdu for which you can use
    the links in this post.

    Although some blog applications may give you an on-screen keyboard. I
    think it is more preferrable if you have an easy urdu keyboard layout.
    In case if you don’t know about keyboard layout, let me explain a
    bit. On pc(win/linux) keyboard is just a set of keys. A keyboard
    layout is a mapping to map which key on the keyboard maps to which
    character. (unfortunately , we as a pakistani nation, still unable to
    formulate a standar mapping for urdu. :), so there are different
    keyboards layout available. One type of layouts are quite popular,
    they are phonetic keyboard layout. and the characters are mapped
    according to their similarities in sound with english alphabets. It is
    also easier to understand and memorize.
    So, now you have an application that can understand RTL language (and
    in particular URDU language). A Input method , so that you can enter
    URDU characters.
    A subtle part of the situation is fonts. Urdu is generally written in
    Nastaleeq. A word of caution , Don’t use any font on your blog , which
    is not available at the user system, because, fonts need to be
    installed at the user system to display the characters properly.
    usually Arial and Tahoma are mostly available on most of the system.
    Another way is to patch your blog application so that it uses your
    preferred font (e.g Nastaleeq) and fall back to standard font in case
    the user doesn’t have it.

    you can also check with nouman.
    http://noumaan.sabza.org/
    he has been blogging in urdu for quite a long time.

    Let me know if you need any assistance.

    regards

    Faraz

    (PS) your mail box seems full, I tried mailing you but it bounced back.

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