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MYLAI TAMIL FONT
KEYBOARD MAP

TO VIEW THIS PAGE PROPERLY MYLAI FONT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRE-INSTALLED IN YOUR PC.

The following shows the key map assignments for the Mylai Tamil font.

The first line gives the English keys and the second line should give the corresponding Tamil character, if the font is properly installed.

There may be minor variations in the key positions shown here between PC and Macintosh keyboards and also keyboards of different manufacture. **************************************
IF YOU ARE USING A VERSION 3 or HIGHER BROWSER (NETSCAPE or INTERNET EXPLORER) YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY SEE ROMAN AND TAMIL SCRIPT ON THIS PAGE.
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IF YOU ARE USING AN EARLIER VERSION OF THE BROWSER, PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO VIEW THIS PAGE PROPERLY.
IN THE OPTIONS MENU OF THE VIEWER, UNDER GENERAL PREFERENCES,
1. CHOOSE FONTS AND THEN
2. CHOOSE MylaiPlain (regular, size 12) FOR THE PROPORTIONAL FONT
3. CHOOSE COURIER NEW (regular, size 10) FOR THE FIXED FONT.
4. CLOSE THE PREFERENCES DIALOG BOX
YOU SHOULD SEE BOTH ENGLISH AND TAMIL TEXTS IN THIS PAGE.
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Placings under the QWERTY/English keyboard:

    `
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    0
    -
    =
    \
    `
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    0
    -
    =
    \
    ~
    !
    @
    #
    $
    %
    ^
    &
    *
    (
    )
    _
    +
    |
    ~
    !
    @
    #
    $
    %
    ^
    &
    *
    (
    )
    _
    +
    |

    q
    w
    e
    r
    t
    y
    u
    i
    o
    p
    [
    ]
    q
    w
    e
    r
    t
    y
    u
    i
    o
    p
    [
    ]
    Q
    W
    E
    R
    T
    Y
    U
    I
    O
    P
    {
    }
    Q
    W
    E
    R
    T
    Y
    U
    I
    O
    P
    {
    }

    as df gh jk l; '
    a sd f gh j kl ; '
    AS DF GH JK L: "
    A SD F GH J KL : "

    z
    x
    c
    v
    b
    n
    m
    ,
    .
    /
    z
    x
    c
    v
    b
    n
    m
    ,
    .
    /
    Z
    X
    C
    V
    B
    N
    M
    <
    >
    ?
    Z
    X
    C
    V
    B
    N
    M
    <
    >
    ?


KEY COMBINATIONS

    kf
    mf
    lf
    ka
    ma
    na
    ek
    em
    en
    kf
    mf
    lf
    ka
    ma
    na
    ek
    em
    en

    Ak
    Am
    An
    sH
    hH
    jH
    sJ
    hJ
    jJ
    Ak
    Am
    An
    sH
    hH
    jH
    sJ
    hJ
    jJ

    ki
    mi
    ni
    p<
    v<
    y<
    g<
    p>
    v>
    y>
    g>
    ki
    mi
    ni
    p<
    v<
    y<
    g<
    p>
    v>
    y>
    g>

    ^l
    ^q
    ^[
    ^]
    YD
    YQ
    YZ
    YR
    YM
    ^l
    ^q
    ^[
    ^]
    YD
    YQ
    YZ
    YR
    YM

    kI
    tI
    pI
    sI
    T\
    {\
    }\
    N\
    L\
    kI
    tI
    pI
    sI
    T\
    {\
    }\
    N\
    L\

    k
    ka
    ki
    kI
    K
    P
    ek
    Ek
    Ak
    eka
    Eka
    ekq
    kf
    k
    ka
    ki
    kI
    K
    P
    ek
    Ek
    Ak
    eka
    Eka
    ekq
    kf


    TAMIL CHARACTERS CORRESPONDANCE:

    `
    ~
    ;
    :
    u
    U
    '
    "
    _
    o
    O
    oq
    #
    `
    ~
    ;
    :
    u
    U
    '
    "
    _
    o
    O
    oq
    #

    kc dt pb gw [n m] yr
    k cd t pb g w[ n m] y r
    lv zq jh !s xX S$
    l vz q jh ! sx X S$




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Mylai Plain Tamil Font Template
and
Key Stroke Logic

In the following tables the first row should show Tamil characters
and second row the corresponding key strokes in Roman characters

Vowels (13) and Consonants (24)

    `
    ~
    ;
    :
    u
    U
    '
    "
    `
    ~
    ;
    :
    u
    U
    '
    "
    _
    o
    O
    oq
    #
    @
    _
    o
    O
    oq
    #
    @
    k
    g
    c
    w
    d
    ]
    t
    n
    k
    g
    c
    w
    d
    ]
    t
    n
    p
    m
    b
    [
    y
    h
    r
    j
    p
    m
    b
    [
    y
    h
    r
    j
    l
    s
    v
    x
    z
    q
    S
    X
    l
    s
    v
    x
    z
    q
    S
    X
    !
    #p
    !
    #p




Mylai Plain Tamil Font
CONSONANTS WITH VOWEL MARKERS

    Marker
    Key Strokes
    Output
    ~

    (common)
    consonant + a
    ka, ga, ca, wa, da, ]a, ta, na, pa, ma, ba, [a, ya, ha, ra, ja, la, sa, va, xa, za, qa, Sa, Xa
    ~(1)
    Alt + 0177
    ±
    ~(2)
    $
    $
    ~(3)
    Alt + 0167
    §
    ; (1)
    consonant + i
    ki, gi, ci, wi, ]i, ti, ni, pi, mi, bi, [i, yi, hi, ri, ji, li, si, vi, xi, zi, qi, Si, Xi
    ;(2)
    F
    F
    : (1)
    consonant + I
    kI, gI, cI, wI, ]I, tI, nI, pI, mI, bI, [I, yI, hI, rI, jI, lI, sI, vI, xI, zI, qI, Si, XI
    : (2)
    G
    G
    u (1)
    consonant upper case keys
    K, C, W, D, }, T, N, M, B, {, R, L, Z, Q
    u (2)
    consonant + H
    hH, jH, sH, xH, SH, XH
    u (3)
    consonant + <
    g<, p<, y<, v<
    U(1)
    uppercase + \
    W\, }\, T\, N\, B\, {\, L\
    U(2)
    Y+ upperkeys
    YD, YM, YR, YZ, YQ
    U(3)
    consonant + J
    hJ, jJ, sJ, xJ, SJ, XJ
    U(4)
    consonant + >
    g> , p> , y> , v>
    U(5)
    P
    P
    U(6)
    V
    V
    '

    (common)
    e + consonant
    ek, eg, ec, ew, ed, e], et, en, ep, em, eb, e[, ey, eh, er, ej, el, es, ev, ex, ez, eq, eS, eX
    " (common)
    E + consonant
    Ek, Eg, Ec, Ew, Ed, E], Et, En, Ep, Em, Eb, E[, Ey, Eh, Er, Ej, El, Es, Ev, Ex, Ez, Eq, ES, EX
    _ (common)
    A + consonant
    Ak, Ag, Ac, Aw, Ad, A], At, An, Ap, Am, Ab, A[, Ay, Ah, Ar, Aj, Al, As, Av, Ax, Az, Aq, AS, AX
    _ (1)
    ^ + consonant
    ^], ^[, ^l, ^q
    o (common)
    e +

    consonant

    + a
    eka, ega, eca, ewa, eda, e]a, eta, ena, epa, ema, eba, e[a, eya, eha, era, eja, ela, esa, eva, exa, eza, eqa, eSa, eXa
    O (common)
    E +

    consonant

    + a
    Eka, Ega, Eca, Ewa, Eda, E]a, Eta, Ena, Epa, Ema, Eba, E[a, Eya, Eha, Era, Eja, Ela, Esa, Eva, Exa, Eza, Eqa, ESa, EXa
    oq (common)
    e +

    consonant

    + q
    ekq, egq, ecq, ewq, edq, e]q, etq, enq, epq, emq, ebq, e[q, eyq, ehq, erq, ejq, elq, esq, evq, exq, ezq, eqq, eSq, eXq
    # (common)
    consonant

    + f
    kf, gf, cf, wf, df, ]f, tf, nf, pf, mf, bf, [f, yf, hf, rf, jf, lf, sf, vf, xf, zf, qf, Sf, Xf

  • GENERAL COMMENTS
    1. The font once installed can be used on Mac or PC Windows with any program such as Word-processors, spread sheets, graphics, etc. During the preparation of Tamil files, it is preferable to use font size such as 18 and reduce it to 12 or 14 just before printing.
    2. The letters eh (as in eli/rat) and Eh (as in ENi/ladder) are placed under single and double quotes. For these characters to appear properly on the screen and during printing, it is essential that the option "special quotes" in most word-processing programs (that gives curly quotes instead of plain quotes) be TURNED OFF. Otherwise you will see only blank squares in these places. Other auto correct features such as correction of two initial capitals, capitalization of first letter etc which are now standard features in most Word processors should also be TURNED OFF when using Mylai font.
    3. Classical/old style characters no longer in use can be found under the following Roman characters:
      Raa is under $, Naa is under ASCII code 0177, naa is under ASCII code 0167
      The forward hook as in lai, nai, Nai, Lai is under ^

    4. The keymap uses essentially the standard ASCII characters (except the old stype Naa and naa) and so any Tamil file prepared using the Mylai font can be sent electronically (by email). You need to use the file in PLAIN TEXT form before mailing (the form that shows the Roman/English characters). The receipient has to simply open the mail in a word processor and change the font back to Mylai to see the mail in Tamil.
      The following couplets from thirukuRaL illustrate how this form of file exchange works.
      1. Given below is the PLAIN TEXT and MYLAI FORMS of the first 20 couplets of THIRUKURAL.

  • tiRkfKbqf
  • `tikarmf 1 - kdv<qf vazftfT

    1. `kr Mtl 'Ztfetlflamf ~ti pkv[f MtbfEb ulK.
    2. kbfbt[alf ~y pye[[fekalf valbiv[f nbf$[f etaza`rf '[i[f.
    3. mlrfmiAc "kina[f ma]F Ecrfnftarf nilmiAc nIDvazfvarf.
    4. Ev]fDtlf Ev]fdaAm ;la[F EcrfnftarfkfK ya]fDmf ;DmfAp ;l.
    5. ;RqfEcrf ;Rvi^[y<mf Ecra ;Abv[f epaRqfEcrf p<kzfp<rinftarf madfD.
    6. epabivayilf _nftvitftarf epayftIrf oZkfk enbinI]fdarf nIDvazfvarf.
    7. t[kfKvAm ;lflatarf taqfEcrfnftarfkf klflalf m[kfkv^l mabfblf `riT.
    8. `bvazi `nft][f taqfEcrfnftarfkf klflalf pibvazi nInftlf `riT.
    9. Ekaqilf epabiyi[f K]milEv '[fK]tftarf ta^q v]gfkatf t^l.
    10. pibvipf epRgfkdlf nInfTvrf nInftarf ;Abv[F Ecratarf.

    `tikarmf 2 - va[f cibpfp<

    1. va[fni[fB ulkmf vzgfki vRtlalf ta[f`mizftmf '[fB]rbf pabfB.
    2. TpfparfkfKtf Tpfpay Tpfpakfkitf TpfparfkfKtf Tpfpay T\umf mAz.
    3. vi]f;[fB epayfpfpi[f virinIrf viy{lktfT uqfni[fB udbfBmf pci.
    4. "ri[f uza`rf uzvrf p<ylf'[f{mf vari vqgfK[fbikf kalf.
    5. ekDpfpT\umf ekdfdarfkfKcf carfvayfmbf $gfEk 'DpfpT\umf 'lflamf mAz.
    6. viCmfpi[f TqivIzi[f `lflalfmbf $gfEk pCmfp<lf t^lka]fp< `riT.
    7. enDgfkdLmf t[fnIrfAm K[fBmf tFnfetzili ta[fnlfka taki viF[f.
    8. cibpfepaD p>c^[ eclflaT va[mf vbkfKEmlf vaE[arfkfKmf :]fD.
    9. ta[mf tvmf;r]fDmf tgfka viy[fulkmf va[mf vzgfka et[i[f.
    10. nIrf;[fB `AmyaT ulek[i[f yarfyarfkfKmf va[f;[fB `AmyaT oZkfK.

  • tiRkfKbqf
  • `tikarmf 1 - kdv<qf vazftfT

    1. `kr Mtl 'Ztfetlflamf ~ti pkv[f MtbfEb ulK.
    2. kbfbt[alf ~y pye[[fekalf valbiv[f nbf$[f etaza`rf '[i[f.
    3. mlrfmiAc "kina[f ma]F Ecrfnftarf nilmiAc nIDvazfvarf.
    4. Ev]fDtlf Ev]fdaAm ;la[F EcrfnftarfkfK ya]fDmf ;DmfAp ;l.
    5. ;RqfEcrf ;Rvi^[y<mf Ecra ;Abv[f epaRqfEcrf p<kzfp<rinftarf madfD.
    6. epabivayilf _nftvitftarf epayftIrf oZkfk enbinI]fdarf nIDvazfvarf.
    7. t[kfKvAm ;lflatarf taqfEcrfnftarfkf klflalf m[kfkv^l mabfblf `riT.
    8. `bvazi `nft][f taqfEcrfnftarfkf klflalf pibvazi nInftlf `riT.
    9. Ekaqilf epabiyi[f K]milEv '[fK]tftarf ta^q v]gfkatf t^l.
    10. pibvipf epRgfkdlf nInfTvrf nInftarf ;Abv[F Ecratarf.

    `tikarmf 2 - va[f cibpfp<

    1. va[fni[fB ulkmf vzgfki vRtlalf ta[f`mizftmf '[fB]rbf pabfB.
    2. TpfparfkfKtf Tpfpay Tpfpakfkitf TpfparfkfKtf Tpfpay T\umf mAz.
    3. vi]f;[fB epayfpfpi[f virinIrf viy{lktfT uqfni[fB udbfBmf pci.
    4. "ri[f uza`rf uzvrf p<ylf'[f{mf vari vqgfK[fbikf kalf.
    5. ekDpfpT\umf ekdfdarfkfKcf carfvayfmbf $gfEk 'DpfpT\umf 'lflamf mAz.
    6. viCmfpi[f TqivIzi[f `lflalfmbf $gfEk pCmfp<lf t^lka]fp< `riT.
    7. enDgfkdLmf t[fnIrfAm K[fBmf tFnfetzili ta[fnlfka taki viF[f.
    8. cibpfepaD p>c^[ eclflaT va[mf vbkfKEmlf vaE[arfkfKmf :]fD.
    9. ta[mf tvmf;r]fDmf tgfka viy[fulkmf va[mf vzgfka et[i[f.
    10. nIrf;[fB `AmyaT ulek[i[f yarfyarfkfKmf va[f;[fB `AmyaT oZkfK.

  • Ram Ravindran (rravindr@INDYVAX.IUPUI.EDU) has made the following suggestions:
    1. "I Use Word for Windows 2. I suppose you can do the same (what I am going to describe) with other word processors too. I have created two macros. One called Mylai and the other English.
  • To create the macro Mylai:
    1. From the Tools choose record macro
    2. Give the macro the name Mylai
    3. Make the hot key (ctrl shift and M)
    4. Change the font to Mylai
    5. Change the font size to 14
    6. Click on bold
    7. Choose Tool
    8. Choose Stop the recorder
  • To create the macro English:
    1. While the font still says Mylai
    2. Choose tools record macro
    3. Change the font to Ms Sans Serif or Times Roman whichever English font you like
    4. Change the point size to 14
    5. Click on Bold
    6. Choose Tool
    7. Choose stop record
    8. Now choose File >close
    9. Say no to save the document
    10. Choose yes to save changes to global
    11. Now you will have two macros
  • Whenever you want Tamil (Mylai) just press shif ctrl and M and to switch back to English use shift ctrl and E. You can enter Tamil and English letters on the same line. I have also created two buttons that say T for Tamil and E for English.
  • Before you save a document to send it later on as an E-mail file, Choose select all from edit and convert the font to a fixed pitch font such as courier (courier 17) and save it.

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