Google in Tamil
18 August 2008
"..The print revolution brought
Tamil from the ola leaves to paper, from the select few literati
to the many. The digital revolution is bringing Tamil from paper
to the computer and the internet.
Swaminathatha Iyer and
Thamotherampillai heralded the
Tamil renaissance in the 19th century.
Today, a Tamil digital renaissance is
taking place - and is helping to bring Tamil people together not
simply culturally but also in political and economic terms..."
Nadesan Satyendra, May 1998
"The global nature of
our mission is reflected in
the phrases the "world's information" and "universally accessible."
To this end, you may have recently read about our
40-language initiative and
the story of a community
coming together to develop Google search in the
Following on this theme, we'd
like to highlight a few new products that enable a better online
experience for Tamil speakers around the world.
First, we just
Google News in Tamil. Like
other Google News editions, we gather stories from the various Tamil
news sources on the web and present an automatically- generated
summary with links to the most important stories in each section.
We recognize that it can
sometimes be hard to enter Tamil text with existing keyboards. Our
transliteration technology enables the conversion from English text
to phonetically equivalent text in Indian languages. For example,
using transliteration, you could type "vanakkam" and we would
convert it to Tamil script as வணக்கம். We have embedded this
technology in several Google products to make it easier to enter
text in Tamil.
Google search in Tamil
enables users to start typing in
English and automatically get query suggestions in Tamil. If you
wanted to enter the query "ponniyin selvan" in Tamil, just start
typing it in English - e.g. "ponni" and we will show the Tamil
Tamil transliteration in Blogger
is designed for bloggers
publishing content in Tamil when
using the English keyboard for
text entry. It's our hope that
this will make Tamil content
more popular and more easily
Tamil transliteration in orkut
makes it easier to communicate
with friends and family by
exchanging scraps in Tamil.
We hope that each of these
products will help to bring the
benefits of the Internet to the
millions of Tamil speakers in
India and elsewhere."