Type in Indian Languages

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Recently I got this urge to type in Indian Languages on my comp. And so I came across SCIM and m17n. I use Debian GNU/Linux and the GNOME Desktop Environment. Getting this to work was a cakewalk!

Here are the steps to follow.

  • Open a terminal. And install the following packages.
  • sudo apt-get install m17n-db m17n-lib-bin
    sudo apt-get install scim scim-m17n scim-gtk2-immodule scim-modules-socket scim-modules-table

  • That’s it! You now have everything needed on your computer.
  • Run scim . You’ll notice a keyboard-shaped icon SCIM Keyboard Icon on your GNOME Panel. Right click on this and go to ‘SCIM Setup’. Play around with this. There are lots of interesting features like Keyboard shortcuts which you can configure to make life easier switching languages.
  • Now right click on the area where you are typing and Select SCIM Input method.
  • Once this is done, you can Left Click on the above icon, select your language and start typing!

Mac OS X users could try this. Others, maybe you could try this.

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