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Inside Google's Indic Transliteration


Well, here we have Google India's latest hot shot (or the only), a Hindi typewriter. Kidding, its not pretty much a hardware typewriter but a web application that transcripts all your English typed Hindi mnemonics into Hindi fonts. Truly, this is a magnificent stuff for an Indian having no Hindi (worst a German laid) keyboards but like to express the stuff in India's national language.

Google along with this provides an automatic interaction with your blog (if and only if: Blogspot) that will help you blog in Hindi fonts directly from the text area where you jot your text. But that's just another flash that prints "Blogspot is Google product", one can copy the text after transliteration to wherever he or she wants. Oh! Btw, do your things here: http://www.google.com/transliterate/indic, this is the site!

Now as you know, I'm developer (a lazy one), and I like (maybe love) to copy others work, I tracked the inside for this application and I'm pretty much disappointed to see that the application design is very ugly. Yea, ugly... Ugly as awwwwh! Nah... What I mean is, Google (or the developers working for Google) managed to make a small dictionary (106K) and use this one to translate the basic words.


When it comes to complex (or fundo) words, a server call is made to return a list of available options!



http://www.google.com/transliterate/indic?tlqt=1&langpair=en|hi&text=ugly&tl_app=3, gives the list.

Note, the client gotta download this dictionary to his or her machine and then use the server to process a few complications. This is NOT true AJAX and is more like a desktop application running on a browser updating words here and there when needed! duh!

It is also said that for the transliteration, Internet connection is a must, but now that we know the Google's little secret we can make a basic model for simple words for the offline purpose.

Here's what I could do: http://google-india-labs.googlegroups.com/web/transliterate.zip (117K 78.9K)

The group for this Google tool is here: http://groups.google.com/group/google-india-labs

Just a hunch, if some Google dude can get to me: Is Google Indic Transliteration eligible for Google Lab and be ever listed here?

Print | posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 11:34 PM |



# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

Being an Indian I really feel proud to see Hindi over the Web, specially having google supporting it.
Cheers to Google.
I also came across this free web stats tool offered in Hindi: http://gostats.in
10/16/2007 2:09 PM | Ayush

# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

i am proud,that i can write hindi so easy.
thank you. i thing if you have other options than i can learn let me know it. byeee
10/21/2007 12:46 AM | minaxi

# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

Hello every one,

We have managed to develop a small app that can be used on any server & solves the cross browser Jscript issues / access denied problems. We are wondering what is the legal side of this.. Can we use the app on the web giving calls to Google's transliteration service like other API's ? Can some one from Google or anyone who is familiar with this educate me on this?
10/21/2007 5:53 AM | Parth Lawate

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9/27/2008 4:37 PM | atendra

# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

OK, I had downloaded the same. But it is not working offline. Can you suggest any modification to run it offline?

10/20/2009 8:46 AM | रवि

# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

downloaded the same. But not working offline????

and want 2 know that....
how can we enable google indic transliteration in windows live writer??
10/20/2009 6:07 PM | praveen trivedi

# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

I have downloaded Indic Transliteration but it is not working offline. It is not possible for me to remain online throughout as I travel a lot.

Please suggest how can I enable working offline.
1/20/2010 5:16 AM | Dinesh Trivedi

# re: Inside Google's Indic Transliteration

I don't know how to install and use google tranliterate for ubuntu 10.04 LTS??? please any suggestions? mail me at reallife@hmamail.com
10/7/2011 9:35 PM | please tell me
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