Unicode Conversion Gateway for Indian language newspaper sites

Prasad from Swecha writes Swecha team at TCS (Vignesh, Harshita) have
been working on porting the Padma Firefox extension to PHP, so that it can be used server-side as a proxy server. The proxy is available at http://uni.medhas.org/

Check it out and if possible link to it from your websites (Target is to get the search engines index the unicode versions of Indian language websites – thats the reason for listing out all the supported websites on http://uni.medhas.org)

Vignesh writes more about it

What is Unicode Conversion Gateway?

This is a proxy server. When you visit web pages through this server, it will convert the proprietary encoded contents in those web pages into Unicode contents. A mozilla plugin called Padma is extended and reimplemented to create this proxy server.

How to access this Unicode Conversion Gateway?

Use this Url: http://uni.medhas.org

What are all the websites that it’s going to support?

There is a list of website names in the index page (http://uni.medhas.org) for them the contents can be converted.

Why do we need the conversion to unicode?

If the web pages are in unicode,
* single unicode font per language is sufficient to view all the web pages
* search inside a web page is possible
* search through google is possible
* the contents can be copy pasted and mailed to somebody

Why is Unicode Conversion Proxy needed when Padma is available?

Padma is specific to mozilla and firefox web browsers. Since Unicode Conversion Gateway is a proxy server, one can access this through any web browser. Also we have added support for two more proprietary encodings used in http://thatsmalayalam.oneindia.in and http://thatskannada.oneindia.in web sites. We are planning to add support for more encodings also.

What is the development status of the code?

It is converting the pages reasonably well. But still it needs to be improved. We are doing that.

7 Comments »

  1. Saravanan said,

    December 13, 2006 at 2:47 am

    A mozilla plugin called Padma is extended and reimplemented to create this proxy server.

    Where can I find the source for these PHP files ?

    Also we have added support for two more proprietary encodings used in http://thatsmalayalam.oneindia.in and http://thatskannada.oneindia.in web sites. We are planning to add support for more encodings also.

    Did you guys have any plans to update Padma for theses newly supported encodings in uni.medhas.org

  2. Anunad Singh said,

    December 13, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    It is a great service for Indic computing. Thanks a lot to all the contributors.

  3. Debashish said,

    December 14, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    Great going. Kudos to the Medhas team. I noticed that the URL doesn’t work for just any site (for example: I tried http://uni.medhas.org/unicode.php5?file=http://www.abhivyakti-hindi.org). Does it only work with limited number of sites?

  4. रवि said,

    December 14, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    विग्नेश, बढ़िया काम :)

    धन्यवाद.

  5. Prasad said,

    January 22, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Yes, the site works only for the listed sites.
    The source-code is put up on sourceforge. Name of the project is unigateway. The new encodings that we added here were sent to the Padma team and they would be part of the next padma release.

  6. Dhaval said,

    February 3, 2007 at 3:24 am

    Congratulatons to Medhas team ! This is great work ! I would love to see support for more fonts ( speicially Gujarati :-) ) added.

  7. Ketan Jhaveri said,

    October 31, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Please add support for Nilkanth.ttf , Harikrishna.ttf, Ghanshyam.ttf etc. Gujarati Fonts
    Very nice and needed work for converting old files to Unicode format

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