Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Unicode devanagari software

A comprehensive open source Devanāgarī and Indic script conversion tool

Akshara Bridge converts between several kinds of text that represent Devanāgarī, Western transliterations of Devanāgarī, and other related scripts of India and southeast Asia. Devanāgarī is the alphabet that is used to write Hindi, Marathi, and certain other Indian and Nepali languages. Sanskrit is often written in Devanāgarī but it may also be written in a variety of Indic and Asian scripts.

The conversion that Akshara Bridge performs is transliteration, i.e. conversion of sounds from one script to another. It does not translate, i.e. convert meanings from one language to another.

Akshara Bridge screen shot

Akshara Bridge has several features to support VedaPad, but its does not require VedaPad.

Akshara Bridge converts between the following Devanāgarī formats:

  • Unicode Devanagari
  • Unicode IAST transliteration
  • Unicode Bengali
  • Unicode Gurmukhi
  • Unicode Gujarati
  • Unicode Oriya
  • Unicode Tamil
  • Unicode Telugu
  • Unicode Kannada
  • Unicode Malayalam
  • Unicode Sinhala
  • Unicode Thai
  • Unicode Tibetan
  • Unicode Myanmar
  • Unicode Khmer
  • Unicode Balinese
  • Inscript transliteration
  • WX transliteration
  • ITrans transliteration
  • Harvard-Kyoto transliteration
  • Velthuis transliteration
  • SLP1 transliteration
  • VedaPad keystroke transliteration
  • VedaPad Devanagari
  • VedaPad IAST transliteration
  • Sanskrit 99 Devanagari
  • Sanskrit 99 IAST transliteration
  • Sanskrit 98 Devanagari
  • Sanskrit 98 IAST transliteration
  • Plain transliteration
  • Custom conversion that you design

Additional features:

  • Input from an onscreen text box, a text file, or an RTF file.
  • Output to an onscreen text box, a text file, or an RTF file.
  • Sort text by Devanagari alphabet order
  • Convert text files between Windows, Linux/Unix/Mac OS X, and Mac system 9 formats.
  • Convert between ANSI, UTF-16, and UTF-8 formats.
  • Convert between Unicode and HTML character entities
  • Detect, add, or remove a byte order mark (BOM) in a Unicode text file.
  • Perform above operations on files with an optional command line program.


Akshara Bridge installation file • EXE file, 5.3M

Akshara Bridge source code • ZIP file, 700K • Akshara Bridge is written in Harbour and Harbour MiniGui Extended, and uses the UnicodeLiblibrary.

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