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Invitation for Launch

Tamil Language Computing Initiatives Launch
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 2005

The Tamil Language Computing Initiatives Launch at Chennai on 15 April 2005 was marked by the Release of Free 'Tamil Software Tools & Fonts'. Microsoft released its Microsoft Office Tamil on that day. The free Tamil Software will include the following -

1. True Type fonts
a. C-DAC, GIST, Pune - 50 numbers
b.CK Technologies, Chennai - 50 numbers

2. Unicode complaint Open Type fonts
a. C-DAC, GIST, Pune - 50 numbers
b. Elango (Cadgraf Digitals), Chennai - 50 numbers
c. Modular Infotech, Pune - 20 numbers

3. Tamil version of BharateeyaOO (Spread Sheet, Presentations, Word processing & drawing tools) for Linux and Windows by C-DAC, Bangalore

4. FireFox Tamil Browser for Linux and Windows by C-DAC, Bangalore

5. Columba : Tamil Email for Linux and Windows by C-DAC, Bangalore.

6. Min Olai : Java based Tamil Editor with spell checker by Anna University -K.B.CHandrashekar (AU-KBC), Chennai

7. PonVizhi : Tamil Optical Character Recognition (OCR) by LearnFun Systems, Chennai.

8. Pals Tamil e-Dictionary : Tamil Dictionary Tool, Tamil Nursery Rhymes for Windows by Palaniappa Brothers, Chennai

The Programme for Launch Event

Date : Friday, 15th April 2005
Venue : Park Sheraton, Chennai
1700-1900 Hrs : Tamil Products Launch Function

• Invocation Song (Tamil Thai Vazhthu)
• Offering of Shawls (Pon Aadai) to Chief Guest & Dignitaries on dais
• Welcome by Thiru Brijesh Kumar, Secretary, DIT

View points /comments of various experts
• Thiru Manoj Annadurai President, Kani Thamizh Sangam (KTS)
• Prof. N. Balakrishnan, IISc Bangalore (Challenges in Language Computing)

Section of Microsoft Office Tamil Product Launch
• Bhasha. A.V
• Speech by Thiru Ravi Venkateshan, Chairman Microsoft India Limited. 15 Minutes
Public release of CDs Containing various Productivity tools and utilities
for Tamil
• Introduction of CDAC products (PPT/Video) - DG, CDAC or nominee
• Speech Contents of CD and their relevance
• Demo
• Release/ Launch
• Handing over of CDs to Tamil Media representatives
• C-DAC (Fonts Bharatiya OO, Browser, Email client Messengers)
• Chennai Kavigal (Fonts)
• AU-KBC (Spellchecker) 20 Minutes
• Thiru N. Ram Editor-in-Charge, The Hindu
• Thiru G. K. Vasen, MP
• Hon'ble Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and IT 10 Minutes

Speech by Chief Guest Dr. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi
Vote of Thanks - Director General, CDAC
National Anthem

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