Google transliterates 14 Indian languages into their script

Written by fe Bureau | Chennai | Updated: Jan 30 2010, 04:35am hrs
As a part of their global innovation from India on language technologies, Google launched the Google Transliteration IME (Input Method Editor) a free to download and use desktop application tool, which allows users to enter text in one of the supported languages using a roman keyboard that could be converted to a native Indian script.

Users type the word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Transliteration IME will convert the word to its native script, the internet search engine said in a statement.

Google Transliteration IME was conceived and developed in India at Googles Bangalore R&D Centre and is currently available in 14 different languages

Arabic, Bengali, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. This application enables users to create content or communicate in their preferred language online or offline and in any application of their choice.

The major highlight of the application is it is available offline and supports the user without a need for the internet connection, says a release from Google. Transliteration IME features include: offline support, word completion, personalized choices, easy-to-use keyboard, quick search and several cool customisation options. The Google Transliteration IME currently supports Windows 7/Vista/XP.

Our IME enables Indian users whether they are businesses, students, or teachers to create content and communicate effectively in their local language. For example, a small business owner can create marketing material or email their consumers and suppliers in their local language and a teacher can create educational material using Googles IME. said Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, senior product manager, Google India.