\input tamilmax 4/20/90 ** Brief notes on the use of the wntml Tamil-in-METAFONT font ** Wntml was developed for a bilingual dictionary project which has now been in development for some six years. The project was begun on PCs using a romanized transcription with no attempts to represent Tamil script interactively. Existing facilities for producing Tamil output are based entirely on this less than optimal transcription of Tamil. Someone at liberty to begin anew, could use a much cleaner solution. The transcription scheme we are using is illustrated by the following chart. To view this chart in a meaningful way, run tamilize readme.doc readme.tex then TeX and print the results. (You will need to have run METAFONT on wntml first, of course.) ~ a aa i ii u uu e ee o oo ai au ka kaa ki kii ku kuu ke kee ko koo kai kau nga ngaa ngi ngii ngu nguu nge ngee ngo ngoo ngai ngau ca caa ci cii cu cuu ce cee co coo cai cau 5a 5aa 5i 5ii 5u 5uu 5e 5ee 5o 5oo 5ai 5au 8a 8aa 8i 8ii 8u 8uu 8e 8ee 8o 8oo 8ai 8au 3a 3aa 3i 3ii 3u 3uu 3e 3ee 3o 3oo 3ai 3au ta taa ti tii tu tuu te tee to too tai tau na naa ni nii nu nuu ne nee no noo nai nau pa paa pi pii pu puu pe pee po poo pai pau ma maa mi mii mu muu me mee mo moo mai mau ya yaa yi yii yu yuu ye yee yo yoo yai yau ra raa ri rii ru ruu re ree ro roo rai rau la laa li lii lu luu le lee lo loo lai lau va vaa vi vii vu vuu ve vee vo voo vai vau 7a 7aa 7i 7ii 7u 7uu 7e 7ee 7o 7oo 7ai 7au 9a 9aa 9i 9ii 9u 9uu 9e 9ee 9o 9oo 9ai 9au 6a 6aa 6i 6ii 6u 6uu 6e 6ee 6o 6oo 6ai 6au 2a 2aa 2i 2ii 2u 2uu 2e 2ee 2o 2oo 2ai 2au ~ Tamilize converts the transcribed tamil (using the tilde character as a delimiter for strings in Tamil script --- text is assumed in Roman until the first tilde; the vertical bar character is used to delimit strings which should be output as romanized Tamil using the usual dots-under-letters and other customary diacritics for Indic) into a series of TeX macros, each of which prints a single Tamil grapheme. Tamil graphemes generally correspond to syllables, so essentially Tamilize is scanning its input for syllables and invoking a predetermined macro for each syllable. The current version of Tamilmax, in which the syllable macros are defined, catcodes Ctrl-A as equivalent to backslash, and Tamilize uses Ctrl-A as the command character for all the Tamil syllable macros. With an editor which can hide control characters, the tamilized transliteration is still somewhat readable, and is useful for debugging output. Extensive editing of text should always take place in the un-tamilized transcription, with subsequent tamilizing before running TeX --- otherwise errors will almost certainly be introduced in the editing process. IF YOUR COPY OF WNTML INCLUDES A TAMDICT.TXT OR TAMDICT.TEX SAMPLE FILE, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE SAMPLE IS FROM A WORK IN PROGRESS: DO NOT QUOTE THE SAMPLE TEXT. 7/10/91 Some TeXs on PCs gag when they see the control-As which tamilize introduces; users of such TeXs will prefer tmilize, which is just like tamilize but uses '\' instead of '^A'.
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wntamil – Tamil to TeX converter
Fonts (as METAFONT source), macros and a converter for transliterated text, providing support for Tamil (focussing on Windows users’ needs).
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fonts for languages of the Indian subcontinent|
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