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Tamil / Tamil99 Keyboard for Windows (including link to Tamil Fonts)

Tamil99 Keyboard can be installed in Windows by installing ekalappai, an open source software, from

http://download.cnet.com/eKalappai/3000-2279_4-75939302.html

Above link web page says ekalappai 3 supports Tamil Typewriter, Tamil Inscript, Bamini, Tamil Phonetic and Tamil99 keyboard layouts.

Or

Tamil99 keyboard can be installed from below link

http://www.tn.nic.in/tamilsw/ttfnew.htm

Below site has some good info related to Tamil softwares, fonts, office softwares, dictionaries etc.,.

http://www.tamilvu.org/coresite/html/cwsoftlist.htm

Tamil fonts are also available in above link.

Or

Use Iniya Tamil (not open source) to type in Tamil (supports all Tamil layouts) / convert to different Tamil encodings, in windows. Can be downloaded from

http://www.iniyatamil.com/

Download Lohit Tamil Unicode Fonts from

http://www.fontsc.com/font/designer/lohit-fonts-project?page=1

Other Tamil Fonts

http://www.tamilvu.org/tkbd/index.htm

Tamil99 stickers (Tamil alphabets) can be printed & affixed to your keyboard see below for details
http://www.kaniyam.com/print-tamil99-stickers/

(can get it printed in local sticker shops)

Tamil99 Keyboard Layout

Tamil 99 is a fast and simple typing keyboard layout approved by the Tamil Nadu Government. The layout, along with several monolingual and bilingual fonts for use with the Tamil language, was approved in year 1999.

Adding Tamil 99 Keyboard in Windows (including other Tamil Keyboard layouts)
https://oppili.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/tamil99-keyboard-for-windows/

Adding Tamil 99 Keyboard in Ubuntu 14.04 (including other Tamil Keyboard layouts)
https://oppili.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/adding-tamil-language-in-ubuntu-14-04/

See http://tamil99.org/ for more details relating to Tamil99.

Other relevant links
Tamil99 keyboard stickers
http://www.kaniyam.com/print-tamil99-stickers/
(Can get it printed in sticker print shops)

Tamil fonts
http://www.tn.nic.in/tamilsw/ttfnew.htm

Tamil typing methods (different keyboard layouts for Tamil)
http://tamil99.org/tamil-typing-methods/

About Tamil99
http://blog.ravidreams.net/tamil99/

Why Tamil99
http://blog.ravidreams.net/ஏன்-தமிழ்99-விசைப்பலகைக்க/

Tamil Language & Tamil Typewriter / Tamil99 Layout Keyboards in Ubuntu 14.04 [applies to other Languages also]

Ubuntu 14.04 supports Tamil Language, it can be added by

1. In Settings ->  Languages Support-> Install/Remove languages -> select Tamil and Apply changes.

Now the Tamil Language Support is enabled.

2. Installing Tamil Keyboards for Tamil typing in browsers, Libreoffice, etc.,

a. For adding Tamil Unicode Keyboard (Tamil Typewriter Layout)

In Settings -> Text entry -> click +, search with keyword “Tamil” and add Tamil Unicode Layout.

Now switching from English to Tamil Keyboard and vice versa can be done by pressing Super (windows key) + Space.

It can also be done by selecting the Keyboard Menu (displayed as En or Ta) at the top of the screen.

Note:
1. Onboard – Onscreen transparent keyboard works for Tamil Unicode, those who don’t know Tamil Typewriter typing can make use of Onboard by installing it from Ubuntu Software Centre. Start Onboard from Dash.

2. Other Languages (Indian or Foreign) and Languages’ keyboards can be installed in Ubuntu 14.04 by above procedure. If the desired Indian Language’s keyboard is not listed, when searching with respective language keyword, it can be installed by the next mentioned ibus m17n method.

b. For adding Tamil 99 Keyboard or Tamil Phonetic

i. Install ibus m17n package (for Indian languages) from Ubuntu Software centre.

ii. In Settings -> Languages Support -> select ibus from drop down menu under Keyboard Input Method System.

iii. In Text Entry select +, now the search with keyword “Tamil” will show Tamil 99, Tamil Phonetic, Tamil Inscript & other Tamil layouts. These can be added as per the requirements.

Keyboards can be selected from
i. the menu at the top of the screen or
ii. by pressing Super (windows key) + Space
(will activate next keyboard in menu) or
iii. by pressing Shift + Super + Space (for activating previous active Keyboard)

Note : Onboard does not work for Tamil99 layout. It will be good if any Tamil Ubuntu volunteer make it work by including it in Ubuntu text entry than through ibus m17n package.

Tamil99 stickers (Tamil alphabets) can be printed & affixed to your keyboard see below for details
http://www.kaniyam.com/print-tamil99-stickers/
(Can get it printed in sticker shop)

Alphabets of Tamil99 Layout can even be written in keyboard with pen whitener (requires little bit patience to write without thickness).