[Tugindia] First impression of "devnag"

S. venkataraman tugindia@tug.org
Tue, 17 Dec 2002 10:00:27 +0530

My experience was also similar.  I had typeset a form in that 
package.  I had a difficult time doing it.  For example, to get a halan
I had to use the path you adopted.
Let me reiterate what I have been saying before in this list.
I think Itrans is the best package for indian language typesetting.
The preprocessor is not tied to any language, but to a font. 

People working on windows
and  use
sanskrit can use Itranslator, a windows open source program written in
Delphi and
distributed by Omkarananda Ashram. You
to type in the text in one window and the sanskrit version appears on
the window below.
You can also insert Latex commands which it will ignore while carrying
out the transformation.
You can save the transliteration version, insert the latex commands, run
itrans and then
run latex to get the output. You can also save it as an RTF file and
open it and edit it in most 
of the word processing programmes like word, wordperfect, pagemaker etc.
It also generates html.
This program is widely used to convert the sanskrit documents in

As far as I know there is no such package for Linux.  Perhaps
the source code could be compiled using kylix, only experts who use
Kylix can tell.

Another route could be to create a package in elisp that converts the
text and shows in another 
window. May be something like preview-latex is better.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:	H S Rai [SMTP:hsraidce@iitr.ernet.in]
> Sent:	Monday, December 16, 2002 5:28 PM
> To:	TugIndia
> Subject:	[Tugindia] First impression of "devnag"
> I installed and used "devnag" package to get output in Hindi, just out
> of curiosity,  as it is not  my requirement. Though I have  never used
> Hindi  or any  other  regional language,  but it  is  my feeling  that
> "phonetic  based entry"  should be  bad as  compare to  normal way  of
> typing because it seems un-natural to type Hindi in English. Anyhow, I
> experimented little with dev and found it is very difficult to produce
> what you want using preprocessor. Rather it is easier to type directly
> in tex file and no need to use pre-processor.
> I tries  to get my name  in Hindi. I failed to  get using preprocessor
> after a large  number of trials, but  I could get it  while working in
> tex file directly with much less number of trials.
> "Hardeep Singh Rai" will be written in tex as "hrdFp Es\2G rAy"
> What is the experience of other list members.
> -- 
> H.S.Rai
> A computer program  will always do what  you tell it to  do but rarely
> what you want to do.
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