Consonants. Grey is space available for more characters.
Vowels, and the flag-stop-thingy
This has been updated:
This is a working version of a Sinhala font, tenatively called
indica ekottu. Amma typed pretty comfortably using it, which is something. Still missing stuff, but there seems to be plenty of room. This is not a usable release in any sense, it’s just for testing. The basic idea is that every sound is available via the logical key. For example, the Tayanas and Ttayannas are all on the ‘t’ key. You can ‘cycle’ through them using two keys – SHIFT and right-ALT.
1. Drop indica in your fonts folder (Start/Control Panel/Fonts)
2. Enable International Keyboard
In Windows XP, go to Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel, open Languages page, Details… button, Settings page, Add button of Installed Services section, checkmark Keyboard layout/IME, Down-click on the list next to it and select the item United States-International. Then click OK on each of the three Windows you opened consecutively. Finally, click on the keyboard icon near the time display of your monitor and select United States-International.
There’s a map up above, but Amma could figure it out by playing with it. Every consonant in Sinhala comes with a default vowel of ‘uh’ (kuh, buh, muh), by the way. If I want to type Samarajiva, I type:
s – m – r – j – i – v – a
If I want to type ‘indi’ I type
(ALT + i) – n – ; – d – i
(ALT + i) because there are two other ‘i’ sounds besides the stand-alone vowel. Check the map and you’ll see. I’m using ‘;’ as a stop, the little flag thing you put on characters. If the letter isn’t the one you want, just cycle through. There are a max of 4 consonants per key, accessible by
# the key
# shift + alt
For keys like ‘t’ or ‘n’ that have multiple Sinhala characters you can try the 4 options till you find the char you want. I’m still trying to reorder them, what’s dominant and so on. Right now I’m just testing it in OpenOffice (Word) and Wordpad, but if you want to include it in a webpage just put the HTML [ font face=”indica” ] the text [ /font ]. I won’t get into that yet, still try to figure out the characters. Went to Blue Elephant on Saturday and got exactly zero REM, so I’ll try and fill this out tomorrow.