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Lucid ideas in Regional Language Computing

At the moment we all are focusing on regional language computing. To facilitate regional language computing Unicode comes into play. Most of us use Unicode to represent our language in computers. Same way we all use Microsoft's products to fulfill our computing needs. Microsoft itself extends its hands towards regional language computing. Microsoft now supporting all of their applications with Unicode. But in the user side, we have many dilemmas on using regional language support effectively. Now this is a correct time to share all our ideas and solutions towards clearing our dilemmas in this.
How to use a Unicode Font (not given by default) in MS-Office
This is a 'working' idea on using an additional Unicode font to MS-Office applications. This may be known to many, but this is for those who don’t have any idea regarding this. Also this idea is given on assuming that one uses Microsoft's IME tools to type.

Windows regional language support can be enabled by setting regional and language options in control panel. There we can select a keyboard for our language, from the list of available keyboards. By enabling regional language setting, a language bar is shown. In that we can select our inputting language. While typing we have to follow the default typing layout of the language. There are some IMEs are available to change the keyboard layout. Usually we use a Unicode font that comes with windows. This font will be selected automatically on changing the input language. Now we are going to see, how to change from this default font to another Unicode font.

For example we use Font "Latha" to type in Tamil, same way font 'Mangal' to type in Hindi, same for all other regional languages. These fonts are available with Windows OS itself. We can get several other Unicode fonts in any regional language through internet. To use such fonts we have to follow some extra steps. Because, to use a Unicode font, it's not only adequate to select a Unicode font from the font list. It requires some more additional but easy steps to follow. These steps are given below,
  1. Select Font from Format menu (or) press Ctrl + D


  2. A dialog window with name 'Font' appears
     
  3. First panel is for selecting font for English typing (Latin text font) (numbered as 1).
  4. Next, a panel titled complex scripts is there; under that list of all complex script fonts (all Indic language Unicode fonts will be listed here) available. (Numbered as 2)
  5. If you installed any additional Unicode fonts they will be listed here as follows.
     
  6. Now select desired font from the complex script font list and click 'OK'
  7. If you want this setting as your default setting for your future needs click 'Default' button at the lower left corner of the font dialog window. (Numbered as 3). Clicking 'Default' will change your regional language input to the selected Font.
If you are using language bar just to select the input language not for selecting the keyboard whereas you have some inputting tools to set the keyboard or you are not at all using 'Language bar' to select input language, there is another procedure to follow to type in Unicode. This can be said in simple words that, if you use some typing tools other than Microsoft's IME's, then you have a different procedure to follow. First you have to create a new style to use a Unicode font. The steps for doing this are,
  1. Select 'Styles and Formatting' from Format menu
     
  2. On selecting that you can get a window opening on the right side of typing area.
     
  3. in that select 'New style'
  4. A new dialog window named "New style" will appear as below.
     
  5. First give a name to the style that is to be created. Mostly name of the font itself is preferred, for the sake of easy identification.
  6. Then in the list named 'Formatting' select the Unicode font that you want to use
  7. Check "Add to template" check box which is at the bottom of the window.
  8. Check "Automatically update" check box if you want to update while typing with that style. (Mostly not recommended)
  9. Then click 'OK'
  10. Adding more formatting features to the style to be created is your wish.
Here ends the new style creation process. The style you created will be added to the list of styles
(this list is given beside font list or got by styles and formatting option of Format menu). Whenever you wish to type in Unicode, select the created style. Then start typing using your inputting method in the Unicode Font you prefer.

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