Re: How to make use of ITRANS..?
- From: "surjit singh" <surjitsingh@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 6 Sep 2006 12:19:33 -0700
Animesh K wrote:
Gupta Gaurav wrote:
Hello,iTrans is the brain child of Avinash Chopde (AFAIK).
Today for the first time I came across ISB/ITRANS. I have a question to
Can I make use of this format to translate a work ( which was done in
Hindi ) to appear in Hindi but on the soft copy ? I have a hard copy of
my father's peotry collection and I wanted to make it availabe in soft
form but problem I face is to get it typed, using an English key board.
Can I solve my problem using ISB/ITRANS ? Or can you suggest some other
Thanks a ton in advance.
You might be able to contact him at avinash@xxxxxxx or from
his web-site aczoom.com
He once used to have a downloadable package that you
could use to process plain text files and generate .ps
or .gif files to view the Devnagari (or other Indian languages)
script generated from an itrans file.
Currently, he has an on-line interface to do the same and
it can be a bit cumbersome if you have a large number of
files to process. If you contact him, you might be able to get
a download copy that you can run in batch mode.
Hope this helps.
I suggest Aksharamala (http://www.aksharamala.com/). From
the original post, it appeared that there was some emphasis on
"easily" making soft copies available (and I assume "soft copy"
means putting things up on some sort of a website/blog etc, or
making printable electronic documents encoded as pdf/ps/doc
files). The thing is about Avinash's ITRANS software is that
installing it is 'tricky' at best, not to mention the fact that
it has a strong dependency on TeX, which itself is not that
easy to get configured correctly.
As far as I am concerned, UTF-8 with proper fonts is the way
of the future.
Let me share my experience as well:
(i) Itrans is hard to install --- I tried twice and both times the
original Miktex installation got screwed up.
(ii) (Mik)Tex is much easier to install now. A single extractable file.
Using it, however, is more challenging. Miktex has a Sanskrit package
(which is good enough for typing Hindi --- no urdu word-support). Tex to
png, pdf, ps, (I heard utf too) are easy.
For an expert I would strongly recommend Miktex. I have used it from
its inception for writing all my scientific work (using styles from
Physics journals) including a text book!
(iii) UTF is good but depends a lot on the font at the other end.
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