Number of innovations for users of ICT in Sinhala and Tamil launched
The Information Communication Technology Agency launched 'Multitude
of Sinhala Tamil Blogs' showing the power of technology for innovation
"The multitude of Sinhala and Tamil blogs available shows how
technology provokes innovation", says Information Communication
Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). ICTA sources said that referring
to the launch of a number of innovations for users of ICT in Sinhala and
Tamil that took place yesterday. The multi-pronged launched makes the
fruits of concerted endeavours available to users of ICT in Sinhala and
In the recent past several projects have been completed under ICTA's
'Local Language Initiative' and yesterday's event was held to launch the
third revision of the Sri Lanka Sinhala Character Code for Information
Interchange which has been approved by SLSI as a Sri Lanka Standard, SLS
1134 : 2011. This version includes encoding for Sinhala numerals.
This is to be launched in partnership with the Sri Lanka Standards
Six new Sinhala fonts have been designed by the trainees who
underwent ICTA's font development training and there has been resistance
from various sectors towards using uni-code fonts citing the fact that
only serious uni-code fonts were available.
Several uni-code Sinhala fonts of different styles have been
developed at present such as a new uni-code Tamil font 'Sri Tamil', six
new stylized Tamil fonts - "Chemmoli" series, a book on how to develop
Sinhala and Tamil fonts, a keyboard driver for using Apple Mac with a
Unicode Sinhala font - Mac Bhashitha.
At present using uni-code Sinhala and Tamil is the norm.
Local language content is being created. Nearly 300 uni-code
compliant trilingual government websites are now available.