We are happy to announce that the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT) is now available for Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Punjabi. Gujarati, Marathi and Punjabi versions of the tool are available for XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Oriya is available for Vista and Windows 7. In addition to quality and performance improvements, we have also added support for Indian language punctuation and emoticons.
You can now use danda (।), double danda (॥) and abbreviation symbol (॰) in the Desktop version of ILIT. In the appropriate languages, typing a ‘.’ converts it to a danda (।) and two ‘.’s will get converted to a double danda (॥). In cases where it is possible that the ‘.’ is part of a decimal number or an IP address etc. ILIT gives the ‘.’ as the default option. For example, if you enter 123.456 the ‘.’ is left as it is and will not be converted to a danda (।). You can also get the abbreviation symbol (॰) by choosing from the list of options in the drop-down menu. For example, you can type words like ए॰आर॰के for writing names of people, in languages that support this character.
Punctuation support in the web version is a little different from that of the Desktop Version. In the web version, only danda (।) is supported and a ‘.’ will be converted to a danda (।) if it is followed by a space or another word-breaker character.
As part of this release, we have also added support for commonly used emoticons like :P, :D, :S, :O and other variations of these. The tool will leave these sequences as they are (without transliterating them) so that you can use emoticons in applications like Instant Messengers etc. Please note that you can also use emoticons such as :), :(, etc. (emoticons that do not have a letter or a number in them) as ILIT will not transliterate them anyway.
You can download any of the following languages by going to the ILIT home page:
Bengali Gujarati Hindi Kannada Malayalam Marathi Oriya Punjabi Tamil Telugu
Please do download and use the tool and send us your feedback. Thanks!