Friday, June 03, 2011

CÀqudJ is the same as ഇന്ദുലേഖ

Indulekha is a Malayalam novel about a beautiful, well educated lady of a Nair tharavadu by Chandu Menon. This book was published in 1889 and is one of the earliest books written in Malayalam.

Obviously it is in the public domain, and as there are digital versions of the book, it should be easy to include it in Wikisource. It would be if the book was available in Unicode. It is not.

What is needed is a tool that converts the tricked out ASCII text into proper Unicode. This is what the Payyans tool is for. What it does is make the text free in the way we understand freedom.

Once a text is converted into Unicode, it needs proof reading and, it takes social media to crowd source such an endeavour. The proof reading of this text is almost done, but would it not be wonderful when our environment is capable of building and holding the necessary communities, of making people feel at home, involved and as a consequence get more done..
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