Easy Entry of Unicode Encoded Devanagari in Windows 98 Made Possible

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ISE-AIPL recently released Sugam-98 that facilitates easy entry of Unicode encoded Devanagari in Windows 98. It is useful, as software components for entering Unicode encoded Devanagari (aka Nagari) are not available with Windows 98. Nagari script is used for writing texts of Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Nepali and other languages.

In the past Indians were forced to use various proprietary encodings as there was no effective and practical standard for storing and processing Indic languages and scripts in computers.

Nowadays Unicode is accepted as the de-facto encoding standard. It prevents loss of data/information. Windows 98 does not officially support Unicode-Devanagari (aka Nagari).

There are solutions for entering Unicode-Nagari in Windows 98 but they do not match the quality and simplicity of recently released software Sugam-98.

Sugam-98 of ISE-AIPL facilitates easy entry of Unicode encoded Nagari in Windows 98. The plans for facilitating entry of other Indian scripts are in the pipeline. The price of Sugam is kept low to encourage every user of Windows 98 to buy it.

Akhilesh Gupta, Director of ISE-AIPL said, "Various offices of the state and central governments and public sector undertakings have thousands upon thousands of PCs with Windows 98 installed. The priorities should not be mindless upgrades but proper use of existing systems. We have worked hard to come up with a practical solution to enable entry of Unicode encoded Nagari in Windows 98.” The beauty of this solution is that it works very well with free software mainly OpenOffice.org and BabelPad.

The main component of Sugam is an OpenType font that contains glyphs of Latin and Nagari scripts which works well with Windows 98, 2000 and XP. It is professionally hinted (instructed) using a low-level language. Its OT Layout tables are logical and meticulously formulated. The glyphs (shapes) in this font are clean and carefully drawn and redrawn many times to avoid and remove smallest error in curves and straight lines.

ISE-AIPL is a small software firm operating from a small town Gondia in the state of Maharashtra since 1991. ISE-AIPL provide software and fonts for using Nagari script on computers.

For more information or Sugam-98 evaluation kit contact :

ISE-Aditi Info. Pvt. Ltd.

Goshala Ward,

Gondia - 441601, MS, India

Tel: 91-7182-224321


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