Requesting VASU to put BARAHA into OPEN SOURCE, Answer to Dr. Pavanaja’s email, Answer to some of the questions raised here in the email.
Dear Mr. Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan,
At the out set, I would like to write that our kannada association HONORED you in Southern California during the SILVER JUBLIEE CELEBRATIONS for your kannada fonts BARAHA. I am the one who dropped you and your wife to the airport. This is way before your email of July 2004 to Mr. Anand owner of Akruthi Fonts. No kannadiga knew anything about what you did till July 2004.
Here in this email I have copied the following:
1. Your email dated June 22, 2004 to Mr. Anand owner of Akruthi Fonts. This is exact copy of the email that was sent to me by Mr. Anand in 2004 itself.
2. Email dated July 29th 2004 written by Dr. U. B. Pavanaja to me – V. M. Kumaraswamy(firstname.lastname@example.org)
I hope Dr. Pavanaja has written factual things. Please go through the email. If you disagree with anything he has written please write back to me. This helps to clarify things for kannadigas. Some kannadigas wants to know it from you.
Did you call or email Dr. U. B. Pavanaja? Did Dr. Pavanaja tell you in detail what you needed to do.
Dr. Pavanaja says that you are telling all kannadigas by quoating a wrong case to proove that, What you did was correct and that you did not steal the IPR of AKRUTHI Fonts ti develop BARAHA 1.0. You also had sent the same thing to me and other kannadigas also, to prove to kannadigas that you have not done anything wrong. Dr. Pavanaja writes in detail and explains where you cleverly not telling all kannadigas about what really happened in that case of ADOBE Fonts. Do you think Dr. Pavanaja is wrong ???
Dr. Pavanaja also concludes that you have stolen Glyphs from Akruthi Fonts in releasing BARAHA 1.0 in 1997. At the same time Dr. Pavanaja concludes that NUDI Fonts has been developed by using BARAHA Fonts. This shows that you have made KAGAPA to take your BARAHA Fonts make KHALITHA Fonts and then rename it as NUDI FONTS and sold it to Govt. of Karnataka. This shows that you are an accessory to develop NUDI Fonts.
Also I would like to point out is that, Mr. A. Sathyanarayana, KAGAPA’s Founder Secretary and who worked in KGP/KAGAPA for more than Four years also states in this email to me in 2004, that KAGAPA made KHALITHA Fonts from BARAHA Fonts and then named it NUDI Fonts before selling it to Govt. of Karnataka. Is Mr. A. Sathyanarayana writing wrong on this ?? Please clarify this also.
3. Your Press Report of June 15th 2009, which happened in Tumkur. Copy of the entire pdf file is attached for kannadigas to read and some of the important points are typed here in this email for convinience of Kannadigas to read and ponder themselves on what has happened.
I have made series of questions to you on this press report
4. Since you are giving BARAHA as FREE DOWNLOAD to KANNADIGAS, why do’t you put BARAHA Fonts into OPEN SOURCE so that APPLICATION SOFTWARES can be developed by KANNADIGAS. You are telling on June 2009 “ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ” So this will benefit kannadigas anyway.
5, In 2004 you gave press statements Deccan Herald, WHY you did not mention anything about ” ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ” in 2004. Probably you did not know anything about this at that time, I think. Now you have seen kannadigas are pressing for these, you come and make statements like you did in June 2009.
6. One more thing, instead of just saying that KANNADA needs “ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ”,, Why do’t you develop it yourself or STEAL from some one else and provided it FREE for KANNADIGAS as you did on BARAHA FONTS.
7. One more thing, WITHOUT BARAHA 1.0, you could not have done further releases of BARAHA. Such as BARAHA 2.0, 3.0. 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and others. You need to know when a baby needs to be born to grow and become grown up. It will not happen just like a real grown up person right from the begining. So you needed BARAHA 1.0 to develop your further releases of BARAHA. As you have stated in your email of July 2004, you have STOLEN the IPR / GLYPHS of AKRUTHI Fonts to release BARAHA 1.0 Fonts in 1997.
8. Please do not go on telling others there were no KANNADA FONTS available before BARAHA and NUDI came into existence. Please do not do this and tells LIES to Kannadigas. Govt. of Karnataka was using KANNADA FONTS before BARAHA and NUDI Fonts.
9. In conclusion, BARAHA and NUDI have destroyed the KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT in Karnataka Statement. I some kannadigas dis agree on this statement. It has been going on like this since 2004 anyway. AGREE to DISAGREE and we need to move on and correct the things for the sake of KANNADA BHASHE.
YOUR email to Mr. S. K. Anand
—– Original Message —–
From: Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 10:18 PM
Subject: From Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan
> Dear Mr. S.K. Anand,
> I recently saw a remark from you in one of the postings in an Internet
> newsgroup which goes as follows…
> “We who have been developing such fonts (AKRUTI) well over two decades would
> not like a repeat of the experience, we had when our fonts were pirated off
> the Web and used without acknowledgement, first by an individual who went on
> to release a free software…”
> I thought you may be referring to Baraha software in the above remark, and
> hence is this email.
> When I started developing a Kannada software, I had no knowledge of fonts at
> all. I experimented a lot with various Kannada fonts available in the
> Internet, including Akruti. This research helped me to understand the
> technology behind the Kannada fonts and I learnt a lot from these software.
> Initially, I wanted Baraha compatible with other Kannada fonts. But due to
> various limitations of such fonts, I had to come up with my own encoding.
I honestly admit that I have used the glyphs from one of the Akruti fonts in Baraha 1.0, and I was not very serious to mention about it.
When I released Baraha 1.0, I didn’t know it will become popular and used by many people. It was only an experiment which I wanted to share with my family and friends.
> But later, when Baraha became popular, for copyright reasons, I had to add
> my own fonts for Kannada and other languages. I have created many new font
> styles, which don’t exist in any other Kannada software. My intention was to
> provide the facility for basic documentation needs of Kannada. It was not my
> intention to copy or re-create various Kannada font styles that are
> available in other packages. Instead I have focussed more on portability of
> Kannada text from Baraha to other software such as Akruti, ShreeLipi, e.t.c.
> Through this mail I would like to express my grattitude to various other
> Kannada software for helping me to acquire the knowledge.
My acknowldgements to Akruti software for providing the glyphs which were used in the intial releases of Baraha.
I apologise for this delayed acknowledgement.
> Free Kannada/Devanagari software – http://www.baraha.com
ನಾನು ವಾಸು, ೧೯೯೭ ಇಸವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕೃತಿ ಫಾಂಟ್ಸ್ ಇಂದ ಕದ್ದು ಬರಹ ೧.೦ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಅಂಥ ೨೦೦೪ ನೆ ಇಸವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈಮೇಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕೃತಿ ಓನರ್ ಆನಂದ್ ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ ನನ್ನ ಈಮೇಲ್.
೨೦೦೪ ರ ಈಮೇಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ , ನಾನು, ನನಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಏನು ಗೊತ್ತಿತ್ರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂಥ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೇನೆ,
ಎಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ನನ್ನ ಈಮೇಲ್ ಓದಿ ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.
ನಾನು ವಾಸು ಹೇಳುವುದು ಏನಂದರೆ, ಬರಹ ೧.೦ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಉಚಿತ ವಾಗಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೇನೆ.
Dr. U. B. Pavanaja’s email to Me (V. M. Kumaraswamy), Detailing the account of FONTS ISSUES.
Subject: font issues
Date: 7/29/2004 12:18:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)
I have attached the promised document on the font issues. Hope I can
sleep peacefully now (it is 00:45 hrs in the night) :-)
Dr. U.B. Pavanaja
CEO, Vishva Kannada Softech
Think Globally, Act locally
Font issues -Akruti, Baraha and Nudi
by U B Pavanaja
Birth of Baraha
I had put up Kannada’s first web-site called Vishva Kannada during Dec. 1996 with the support of S K Anand of Cyberscape. Dynamic font technology was not being used by Vishva Kannada at that time. Akruti fonts were given for download at the web-site. Users have to download the font, install it in their PC and then they could read the Vishva Kannada web-site in Kannada. Sometimes in the first half of 1997, I got an email from Sheshadri Vasu who was at USA. In that mail he appreciated Vishva Kannada. He added that it takes a long time to copy characters through CharMap (an utility present in Windows to copy a glyph of a font into any application) and make a Kannada sentence. I explained him how to type in Kannada using the keyboard driver which has to be bought from Cyberscape. I gave the contact details of S K Anand and the approximate price of the software also. Then there was no mail from Vasu for some time. (Recently, during his visit to India in June 2004, Vasu wrote an article for Vijaya Karnataka, wherein he mentioned the discussions he had with me about the relation between font and keyboard driver). One day I got an email from Vasu saying that he has made a software called Baraha that can be used as an editor for Kannada. He wrote that he wanted to give this software free to everyone. The version sent to me was a beta version. He had actually written an editor for the font he downloaded from the web. I asked him about the copyright of the font. He had not thought anything about that. I explained to him the he need to take the permission of S K Anand of Cyberscape to use Akruti fonts in his software. He included the Kan Ballal font which was given to read Udayavani web-site with the first release of Baraha, which was given to some select friends only. Later on he changed the ASCII values of the glyphs of Akruti font and released the Baraha package officially. His idea was that just by changing the ASCII values of the glyphs, his font becomes different from Akruti font. But morally, ethically and legally, this amounts to violation of intellectual property rights. After a long gap of six years, recently (2004), Vasu admitted that he used the glyphs from Akruti fonts, in a mail to S K Anand.
Fonts used in Nudi
Now let me discuss the about the fonts bundled with Nudi. Nudi was initially thought as a testing software. This was made into a package later on. Myself and Harsha (the programmer who did the coding for Nudi) were opposing the release of Nudi without our own professional fonts. Making a font is an elaborate process. Artists have to draw each character (glyph) on paper, they have to be scanned, digitized, hinted, etc. It takes months for each font. C V Srinatha Sasthry (CVSS), Chief Secretary, Kannada Ganaka Parishat (KGP), told me that he got the font made from someone before submitting the final package to GoK. In one of the executive committee meeting S K Anand and myself questioned CVSS about who made the fonts, how much was paid to him, etc. G N Narsimha Murthy (GNNM), Secretary, KGP, gave a reply that someone at Koppa made the fonts. I mentioned that KGP should have the complete record of making of the fonts like original drawings by the artist, first raw digitized data, the final font, etc. GNNM promised to get all these from Koppa and show to us in the next meeting. He never bothered to do that.
I came to know about the entire story about fonts much much later. Initially I used to believe the statements of CVSS about the fonts. But it took almost 2 years for me to accidentally discover the truth. While experimenting with opentype font creation, I was studying the glyphs of all Kannada fonts. When I opened Baraha, Akruti and Nudi fonts in a font editing software, I found that they all have the same glyph sets, even though their ASCII values are different. As Sathyanarayana has detailed in his write-up, the glyphs from Akruti fonts were used in the first version of Baraha, which was then used in the first version of Nudi. As per my knowledge CVSS got this conversion of font encodings done by someone here at Bangalore itself. The fonts were not made from scratch at Koppa. This is clear violation of intellectual property rights. I had a strong and heated argument with CVSS and GNNM about one or two months before the elections to the executive committee of KGP. I blasted CVSS for misleading me and telling lies to me that the fonts were developed at Koppa. CVSS and GNNM have told lies to me and cheated GoK by supplying them with pirated fonts. Definitely my position became very awkward that I being the mentor and the person in charge of Nudi in the initial stages was not informed of these backdoor activities by CVSS. I fired both CVSS and GNNM left and right. At that time GNNM even challenged me to prove these in the court along with S K Anand who had already threatened to sue KGP for violation of intellectual property rights.
Vasu’s justification and the realities
With this background let me discuss a bit of what Vasu has written in a document and widely circulated in mailing lists. This document is also present in his Baraha discussion group (groups.msn.com/baraha). Let me quote from this document-
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USA courts have long back decided that fonts can’t be copyrighted AT ALL! Here, the digital outline can never be protected. According to them there can’t be any original font style, because, every font is created by slightly modifying some other font, and there aren’t really “new” font designs! See the following excerpts from the law…
“The Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registerable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship. The digitized representations of typefaces are neither original computer programs (as defined in 17 U.S.C. 101), nor original databases, nor any other original work of authorship.”
So, in a font, the name, any programming code not describing the font design are all that can be copyrighted. This leaves the door open in the USA to have anyone pay for the output of each character from a typesetter and re-digitize it or extract the design from a font program (and rename it), easily duplicating the design. Most foundries have very similar fonts derived from work largely designed by others. More information about font/copyright can be found at http://ssifonts.com/Myths.htm
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Vasu is very cleverly and conveniently quoting from a web-site put up in the year 1997 and has not been updated afterwards. There is a reason for this site not being updated afterwards. This refers to the classic legal battle between Adobe and SSI. Southern Software Inc. (SSI) used to copy and rename fonts from Adobe and others. They thought they were safe from prosecution because, though they had directly copied the points that define the shapes from Adobe’s fonts, they had moved all the points just slightly so they were not technically identical. Nevertheless, in his 1998 judgment, the judge determined that the computer code had been copied:
The evidence presented shows that there is some creativity in designing the font software programs. While the glyph dictates to a certain extent what points the editor must choose, it does not dictate every point that must be chosen. Adobe has shown that font editors make creative choices as to what points to select based on the image in front of them on the computer screen. The code is determined directly from the selection of the points. Thus, any copying of the points is copying of literal expression, that is, in essence, copying of the computer code itself.
SSI lost the legal battle at the courts. Judgment was in favor of Adobe. Hence SSI did not update their web-site. Vasu is conveniently quoting from this web-site. One can read in detail about this case in the following web-sites:-
When we conducted a opentype font workshop at Bangalore during March 2003, there was a talk on IPR issues related to fonts by Lawrence Liang, who is an expert on cyber laws. He had discussed this Adobe vs SSI case.
Vasu’s interview to Deccan Herald and my comments
Vasu gave an interview to Deccan Herald during his visit to Bangalore in June 2004. Here are some excerpts and my comments on them:-
> “Then, I, along with Ganaka Parishad and the State Government worked to bring Kannada software for official use”, he (Vasu) said.
I don’t remember any of such efforts by Sheshadri Vasu. In fact Vasu was very reluctant to implement the GoK standard for font and keyboard. There was a heated argument between Dr Panditharadhya and K T Chandrashekharan, father of Vasu, in this connection. All along the time Shasthry, Narasimha Murthy and Panditharadhya were advocating that Baraha killed Kannada while Nudi saved it! Vasu did implement the keyboard and font standards after repeated appeals by Shrinatha Shasthry and Narasimha Murthy.
> Baraha 4.0 was the first software that was implemented in Government offices with font styles.
I don’t think this statement of Sheshadri Vasu is true. There were many Kannada software being used in state govt much much before KGP, Nudi or Baraha came into existence.
> But the Ganaka Parishad and the State Government have introduced Nudi software as a benchmark system.
If Vasu were to introduce the GoK standards much earlier than the release of Kalitha (Nudi), Nudi would not have come into existence.
> Unfortunately for me, the government is insisting the use of Nudi software.
Why should be unfortunate to him? He is not selling Baraha.
> While Baraha has fulfilled the terms and conditions put forth by the Government, including stipulations such as keyboard and transliteration, I wonder why they are forcing departments to use only Nudi”, he said. One of Baraha’s many advantages, according to Vasu, is that it allows a person who knows Kannada to type it in English fonts. He felt preference of software (Baraha or Nudi) should be left to end user.
Why the choice should be only between Nudi and Baraha, both of them are obsolete in the current and future time where Unicode is the world standard? Actually the choice should be between Windows XP/2003, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Java Desktop, Unix, etc. all are having Unicode compliance.
Meeting with Vasu in June 2004
Vasu was felicitated by Upasana in Bangalore during his visit in June 2004. I met him during that function. I discussed many things in general like Unicode features, facility needed in Baraha to convert RTF and HTML documents into Unicode, etc. Casually I asked him where from he is getting the fonts for his Baraha package. As per his answer, there is an artist in Bangalore who draws the shapes on paper and sends them to him. He (Vasu) scans, digitizes and makes them into fonts. I did not discuss anything about the Akruti font issue.
Conclusion and request
Baraha has copied and used one font from Akruti software. This font is one of the many fonts bundled with current version of Nudi.
I have written everything that I know about the font issues pertaining to Akruti, Baraha and Nudi. My intention is to bring out the truth, however bitter it is. I have no personal animosity with anyone whose name appears in this write-up. Please read this objectively and subjectively. That is, do a vasthunistha (objective) reading rather than a vyakthinishta (subjective) reading.
Thanks for your patience and time.
Sheshadrivasu Chandrashekaran,s press report of June 2009, which happened in TUMKUR. Some of it is typed here for the readers to know what VASU has told. The entire press report is attached to this email as pdf file.
ರಾಜ್ಯ ವಾರ್ತೆ – ತುಮಕೂರು
ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ
[Kannada Software - VASU June 2009.pdf (application/pdf) 409.00K] copy attached to this email.
ಕನ್ನಡ ಪ್ರಭ ವಾರ್ತೆ , ತುಮಕೂರು , ಜೂನ್ ೧೫ ೨೦೦೯,
ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷಾ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹುತೇಕ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ (ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ) ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಭಾಷಾ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ರುವಂತೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ವಿವಿದ ರೀತಿಯ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ (ಅಪ್ಲಿಕೇಶನ್) ಗಳನ್ನೂ ರೂಪಿಸಬೇಕಾದ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಉಚಿತ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಬರಹದ ರೂವಾರಿ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದ ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿ ವಾಸು ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರನ್ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಪಟ್ಟರು.
ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದು ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಿವೆ. ಅವಲ್ಲೆವೂ ಇ-ಮೇಲ್ ಮಾಡಲು, ದಾಖಲಾತಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಸ್ಟೇ ಸೀಮಿತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅಸ್ಟೇ ಸಾಲದು. ವಿವಿದ ವಿಷಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಂಭದಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗುವಂತಾಗಬೇಕು. ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳು ರೂಪುಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಸಲಹೆ ನೀಡಿದರು.
ಲಾಭಕ್ಕ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಖುಷಿಗೆ : ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದಂಥಹ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತು ಬರಹ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದು ಯಾವುದೇ ಲಾಭದ ಉದ್ದೇಶ ದಿಂದಲ್ಲ. ಕೇವಲ ಸ್ವಂತ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಖುಷಿಯಿಂದ ಎಂದ ಅವರು , ಬರಹ ರೂಪು ಗೊಂಡಾಗ ಖುಷಿಯಾಯಿತು. ಅದು ಹಲವರ ಗಮನಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಾಗ ಅನೇಕ ಗೆಳೆಯರು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದರು. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಬಿಡುವಿನ ವೇಳೆಯನ್ನು ಸದ್ವಿನಿಯೋಗಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಬರಹ ಸಂಶೋದನೆ ನೆರವಾಯಿತು. ಅದೇ ಬಹುದೊಡ್ಡ ಖುಷಿ ಸಂಗತಿಯಾಯಿತು.
ಜೀವನೋಪಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಉದ್ಯೋಗವಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಹವ್ಯಾಸವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಬರಹ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ರೂಪ ಪಡೆಯಿತು. ಆ ಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅದನ್ನು ಉಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಜನಬಳಕೆಗೆ ಇಂಟರ್ ನೆಟ್ ನಳ್ಳಿ ಮುಕ್ತ ಅವಕಾಶ ನೀಡಲಾಯಿತು,
SOME QUESTIONS to PONDER?
QUESTIONS to VASU on the June 2009 press report which is attached here and some part copied above. Kannadigas need to know this from vasu.
ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿ ವಾಸು ಹೇಳಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿಲ್ಲ. ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಇನ್ನು ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಹಾಗಿದೆ.
ವಾಸು, ಪರ್ತಕರ್ತ ಶ್ರೀ. ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಓದಬೇಕು, ಓದಿದರೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ತೊಂದರೆಗಳು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ. nivella odi nodi.
ವಾಸು, ದಿವಂಗತ ಶ್ರೀ. ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಯವರು, ೨೦೦೪, ೨೦೦೫ ರಲ್ಲಿ , ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಓದಿದರೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು. nivella odi nodi.
ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿದ್ದರೆ, ಶ್ರೀ. ಪವನಜ, ಶ್ರೀ. ಇಸ್ಮಾಯಿಲ್, ಶ್ರೀ. ನಾರಾಯಣ , ಇವರೆಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ ಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ ೧ ೨೦೦೯, ಯಾಕೆ ಬರೆದರು ” ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗದ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಲೋಕ ” ಅಂತ [kannadavaagada computer loka.pdf (application/pdf) 395.00K] ? ಇವರೆಲ್ಲ ಏನು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಬರೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದರಾ? ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಅಂತ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ.
ಶ್ರೀ. ಪವನಜ , ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೦೪, ನಲ್ಲಿ, ಬರಹ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕೃತಿ ಫಾಂಟ್ಸ್ ಇದೆ ಅಂತ. ವಾಸು ಯಾಕೆ ಇದುವರೆಗೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ? ವಾಸು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಕೋರ್ಟ್ ಕೇಸ್ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ ಅಂತಾನು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಪವನಜ. ವಾಸು ಯಾಕೆ ಇದೆಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ?
ವಾಸುಗೆ ೧೯೯೭ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕದ್ದು ಬರಹ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ, ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ.
ವಾಸುಗೆ ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೦೪ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಮೇಲ್ ಬರೆದಗಾನು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಿರಿಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ.
ವಾಸು ೨೦೦೪ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಯವರಿಗೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ , ಮಾತಾಡಿದ್ದ. ವಾಸು ೨೦೦೪ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಯಾಕೆ ? ವಾಸುಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ತಾನೇ ಹೇಳುವುದಕ್ಕೆ?
WHY VASU is saying that he really did the BARAHA Fonts. He has written an email in 2004 telling that he stole the IPR of AKRUTHI Fonts in 1997 when releasing BARAHA 1.0. Hence BARAHA is IPR Stolen product. All further releases of BARAHA could not have been done without BARAHA 1.0.
Dr. U. B. PAVANAJA on Font Issues. Birth of BARAHA, FONTS USED in NUDI, VASU’s LIES, – odi nodi
VASU says he did copy this IPR for HAVYSAKKOSKARA. He should have kept it for himself. Not distributed to the whole world by creating a mess of KANNADA Software Development. This shows in his statements of June 2009 in TUMKURU. VASU has allowed BARAHA to be copied into KHALITHA fonts by KGP/KAGAPA/Kannada Ganaka Parishat and rename it as NUDI Fonts and sold NUDI FONST to Govt. of Karnataka for about 35 Lakhs.
BARAHA and NUDI have DESTROYED the KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT and INDUSTRY.
THIS SHOWS THE VASU’s INTELECTUAL CAPACITY.
Vasu himself has written in his email he did not know anything about KANNADA FONTS.
DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING like this “ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ” TILL JUNE 2009. ?
VASU STOLE IPR in 1997 and VASU gave PRESS STAEMENTS in 2004.
VASU wrote email to Akruthi Fonts owner Mr. Anand in July 2004 that he copied GLYPHS from AKRUTHI Fonts when he released BARAHA 1.0.
Without BARAHA 1.0, VASU could not have developed further releases of BARAHA Fonts.
ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟೀಯ ವೇದಿಕೆ – ಈಕವಿ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ
ಬನ್ನಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಒಂದಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂದಾಗೋಣ…
ಎಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮನಸ್ಸುಗಳನ್ನ ಬೆಸೆಯುವ ಒಂದು ಕನ್ನಡಪರ ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರ ಮನಸ್ಸುಗಳ ಮಿಲನದ ಹೂರಣ
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಜಾತಿ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಧರ್ಮ
ELLA KANNADA ABHIMAANIGALA VEDIKE INTERNATIONAL – EKAVI
EKAVI had proposed this in 2004 to GoK – in KANNADA and ENGLISH. What EKAVI had proposed in 2004 is in this email letter. EKAVI send this to GoK to wakeup and correct the problems. This was also proposed to UNIVERSITY of MYSORE also in December 2004. What happened ? Any things done by GoK ?? or University of Mysore ??
Dr. Lingadevaru Halemane knows in detail, what went on at University of Mysore in 2004 and RCILTS @ IISc in 2004 and the proposal made by EKAVI on KSD in 2004.
NOTHING has been done sofar by GoK or University of Mysore, till to date – August 1st 2009.
Looking at the status of the KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, this article KANNADAVAAGADA COMPUTER LOKA has come up now on August 1st 2009.
Now people are reading article KANNADAVAAGADA COMPUTER LOKA. Which came in PRAJAVANI on August 1st 2009. Contributers are Dr. U. B. Pavanaja, N.A.M. Ismail. Dr. K. V. Narayana and KANNADA CULPRIT Sri. G. N. Narasimhamurthy of KAGAPA.
When you read the article of August 1st 2009 written by these kannadigas, it shows the problems our KANNADA BHASHE is facing. Why it is not developed properly. EKAVI is pressing this since 2004 along with Lat Sri. Tejasvi, Dr. Kambar, Sri. Lingadevaru Halemane, Sri. G. V. Venkatsubbaiah, Sri. Rajaram and others.
What was Dr. U. B. Pavanaja doing from July 2004 till August 1st 2009 ?? Why Dr. U. B. Pavanaja kept quiet? What is the reason ?? Does Dr. U. B. PAVANAJA has to wait so long to say that we need UNICODE for KANNADA ???
EKAVI and all other KANNADA SOFTWARE Developers wrote extensively on UNICODE and what needs to be done in 2004. EKAVI has copies of all of these writings.
What was Mr. N. A. M. doing from July 2004 till August 1st 2009. Mr. Ismail has spent considerable time with Late Sri. Tejasvi on Kannada Software along with Sri. Hariprasad Nadig of Sampada.net. Mr. Ismail had written an article stating that Late Sri. Tejasvi was upset with Kannada University for putting KUVEMPU FONTS in OPEN SOURCE. Why Mr. ismail did not raise all these issues. Even Mr. Ismail knew about RCILTS @ IISc. Why Mr. Ismail did not raise the issues with concerned authorities ?? Why keep quiet when knowing things about what is happenning.
Even Dr. K. V. Narayana knew more information about Kannada Software Development. Even he did not raise the issues till August 1st 2009.
Dr. Kambar knows all the details. Even Dr. Kambar has presented letters to Ministers in GoK. Some of the letters were drafted by Dr. U. B. Pavanaja also. Even KSD issues were raised in Vidhana Parishat.
Dr. U. B. Pavanaja knows more information on NUDI and BARAHA fonst and he has extensively written emails, articles and gave presentations in mettings on the issue of Kannada software Development. Dr. U. B. Pavanaja needs to stand for TRUTH on these issues.
BARAHA VASU has written an email in year 2004 saying that he stole the IPR/GLYPHS of AKRUTHI Fonts when he released BARAHA 1.0 in the year 1997. BARAHA VASU stole in 1997 and BARAHA VASU acknowledges in 2004. Whatever BARAHA VASU further has released after BARAHA 1.0, becomes a STOLEN property. If any one wants to read the email written by BARAHA VASU, I willsend it to you.
Dr. U. B. Pavanaja in 2004 has written several emails to me about KANNADA FONTS ISSUES and he metions these facts in those emails. Most of the KANNADIGAS have read these emails and also GoK has been appraised of this year 2004. Dr. U. B. Pavanaja says in his emails in 2004 that BARAHA VASU has stolen the IPR of AKRUTHI Fonts in the release of BARAHA 1.0 Fonts. Dr. U. B. Pavanaja writes that BARAHA VASU had called him about the read only fonts that were available on Dr. U. B Pavanaja’s KANNADA website VISHWAKANNADA.com
Sri. Sathyanarayana, who happened to be the sthapaka kaaryadarshi of KAGAPA and worked in KAGAPA for four to five years, has written about 2o pages in KANNADA, about how KAGAPA released KALITHA and NUDI Fonts. Here Sri. Sathyanarayana mentions the way KAGAPA did KALITHA using BARAHA Fonts and then named the same KALITHA as NUDI Fonts and sold it to Govt. of KARNATAKA in 1997.
AKRUTHI FONTS owner Sri. ANAND has also written to me extensively in 2004, saying what has happened in KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT. It is Sri. Anand is the one who received the email from BARAHA VASU in July 2004 and then he forwarded to me the same email.
These are all facts. Not Fictions. These facts makes it clear WHO RUINED the GROWTH of KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT – KSD in Govt. of KARNATAKA. KAGAPA has led Govt. of KARNATAKA in wrong directions in KSD.
BARAHA and NUDI FONTS have DESTROYED the growth of KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT in KARNATAKA STATE.
Please visit: http://ellakavi.wordpress.com for articles written on KSD. It is listed at the top of the Blog.
ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟೀಯ ವೇದಿಕೆ – ಈಕವಿ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ
ಬನ್ನಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಒಂದಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂದಾಗೋಣ…
ಎಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮನಸ್ಸುಗಳನ್ನ ಬೆಸೆಯುವ ಒಂದು ಕನ್ನಡಪರ ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರ ಮನಸ್ಸುಗಳ ಮಿಲನದ ಹೂರಣ
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಜಾತಿ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಧರ್ಮ
ELLA KANNADA ABHIMAANIGALA VEDIKE INTERNATIONAL – EKAVI
ಈ ಕೆಳಗಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಾಗಿರುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಗಳನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡ ಗಣಕ ಪರಿಷತ್ ನವರ ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಆಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ನುಡಿ ಫಾಂಟ್ಸ್ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಆಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.
ಕದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿ ಉಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ಬರಹ ಫಾಂಟ್ಸ್ ಗಳನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು , ವಾಸು ಸಹ ಈ ಕೆಳಗಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಾಗಿರುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಆಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಆಡಳಿತ ಭಾಷೆ ಆಗಬೇಕಾದರೆ ಕೆಳಗಡೆ ಇರುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಬೇಕು. ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಸರಳ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು:
ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ, ಬಹುಮಾದ್ಯಮದ ನಿರೂಪಣೆಯ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಏನ್. ಎಲ್. ಪಿ (ನ್ಯಾಚುರಲ್ ಲ್ಯಾಂಗ್ವೇಜ್ ಪ್ರಾಸೆಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್)
ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಹೆಸರು: ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಅನ್ವಯಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣದ ದ್ವಿಭಾಷಾ ಅಕ್ಷರಗಳ ಏಕರೂಪತೆಯ ಪ್ರಮಾಣಿಕರಣದಿಂದ ಅಥವಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಕ್ಷರ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಕೇತ ಕೊಡುವುದರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಆರಂಭವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಏಕರೂಪತೆ ಏರುವ ದ್ವಿಭಾಷಾ ಅಕ್ಷರ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲವೆನ್ನುವದನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಬೇಕು.ಅನ್ವಯ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣವು ಏಕರೂಪದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಶಬ್ದಕೋಶ ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಾದ ಅನೇಕ ಸಾದನಗಳ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣವು ಬಳಕೆದಾರರ ಸಂವಾದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಇರುವ ಸಂಭಾಷಣ ಕಿಟಕಿಯ ಪುನರ್ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸವನ್ನೂ ಕೂಡ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತದೆ.
೧) ವಿಂಡೋಸ್ ೯೮ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಎಂ.ಎಸ್. ವಿಂಡೋಸ್ ೯೮ ವ್ಯಾಪಕವಾಗಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅದು ಪ್ರಾಜೆಕ್ಟ್ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಅಂಗವಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ, ಎಂ.ಎಸ್. ವಿಂಡೋಸ್ ೯೮ ಅನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ ಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಅತ್ಯವಶ್ಯಕವಾದ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿಗೊಳಿಸುವುದು. ಇದು ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾದ್ಯಮದ ವಿಧ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಿಗೆ ತರಬೇತಿ ಕೊಡಲು ಅತ್ಯವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ.
೨) ಎಂ.ಎಸ್ ವಿಂಡೋಸ್ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಅನ್ವಯಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಎಂ.ಎಸ್ ವಿಂಡೋಸ್ ಆಪರೇಟಿಂಗ್ ಸಿಸ್ಟಂ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಅನ್ವಯಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳು ಕೂಡ ಗಣಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಗೆ ಅವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ.
೩) ಸಹಾಯ ವಿಷಯಗಳ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ :
: ಎಲಾ ಸಹಾಯ ವಿಷಯಗಳು ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಳಕೆದಾರರಿಗೆ ಅನುಕೂಲವಾಗಲು ಭಾಷಾಂತರವಾಗಬೇಕು.
೪) ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲ ಅನ್ವಯಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಇಥಿಚಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಾಜದ ವಿವಿಧ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪೂರೈಸಲು ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಅನ್ವಯಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಿವೆ. ಮತ್ತು ಜನಸಮುದಾಯವನ್ನು ಮುಟ್ಟಲು ಇವುಗಳ ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರಣ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.
ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಹೆಸರು: ಬಹುಮಾದ್ಯಮದ ನಿರೂಪಣೆಯ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಳಕೆದಾರರ ತರಬೇತಿಗಾಗಿ ಪಠ್ಯವನ್ನು ತಾಯಾರಿಸುವುದು ಬಹಳ ಕಷ್ಟದ ಕೆಲಸ, ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಬಹುಮಾದ್ಯಮ ನಿರೂಪಣೆಯ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಮಾಡಲು ಒಂದು ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.
ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಹೆಸರು: ಏನ್. ಎಲ್. ಪಿ. (ನ್ಯಾಚುರಲ್ ಲ್ಯಾಂಗ್ವೇಜ್ ಪ್ರಾಸೆಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್)
೧) ಕಾಗುಣಿತ ತಾಪಸಣೆ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಪದ ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರದಂತಹ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಸಲು ಕಾಗುಣಿತ ತಪಾಸಣೆಯ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅತ್ಯವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ.
೨) ವ್ಯಾಕರಣ ತಪಾಸಣೆ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಕ್ರಿಯಾತ್ಮಕ ಬರವಣಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಸುಧಾರಿಸಲು ಮತ್ತು ತಪ್ಪಿಲ್ಲದ ಬರವಣಿಗೆಗಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ವ್ಯಾಕರಣ ತಪಾಸಣೆ ಮಾಡುವ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅತ್ಯವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿ ರಚಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.
೩: ಸಮಾನಾರ್ಥ ನಿಘಂಟು :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಕ್ರಿಯಾತ್ಮಕ ಬರವಣಿಗೆಗಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಸಮಾನಾರ್ಥ ನಿಘಂಟು ಅವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ.
೪) ಹೈಫಾರ್ನಶನ್ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಪದ ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪುಟ ರಚನೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಮತ್ತು ಅಕ್ಷರ ಜೋಡಣೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೈಫಾರ್ನಶನ್ ಅವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ.
೫) ಸಾರಾಂಶ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಸಾರಾಂಶ ಮಾಡುವ ಸಾಧನಗಳು ಇಡೀ ಬರವಣಿಗೆಯ ಸಂಕ್ಷಿಪ್ತ ಸಾರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಮಾಡುವಷ್ಟು ಪ್ರಗತಿ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ.
೬) ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ನಿಘಂಟು :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಬರೆಯುವ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಶೈಲಿಯಿಂದಾಗಿ ನಿಷ್ಕ್ರಿಯ ನಿಘಂಟು ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಹಾಯ ನೀಡುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ನಿಘಂಟಿನ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತತೆಯನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲು ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ನಿಘಂಟು ಅವಶ್ಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ.
೭) ಭಾಷಾಂತರ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಆಡಳಿತ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ, ನ್ಯಾಯಾಂಗ, ವೈದ್ಯಕೀಯ, ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಮುಂತಾದ ಅನೇಕ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಷಾಂತರ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇದೆ.
೮) ಟಿ.ಟಿ.ಎಸ್ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಉಧ್ರೋಷಣೆ, ದ್ವನಿ ಸಂಯೋಜನೆ, ಮುಂತಾದ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಅಕ್ಷರಗಳನ್ನು ಧ್ವನಿಯಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸುವ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಬಹಳ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
೯) ಓ ಸಿ ಆರ್ :
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಕೈಬರಹ ಮತ್ತು ಮುದ್ರಿತ ಬರಹಗಳಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಅಕ್ಷರಗಳನ್ನು ಗುರುತಿಸುವ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ತುರ್ತಾಗಿ ಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.
೧೦) ದ್ವನಿ ಗುರುತಿಸುವಿಕೆ .
ಉದ್ದೇಶ : ಅನೇಕ ಬಳಕೆಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಅಂದತೆ ಇರುವವರಿಗೆ ಧ್ವನಿ ಗುರುತಿಸುವ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ.
ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟೀಯ ವೇದಿಕೆ – ಈಕವಿ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ
ಬನ್ನಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಒಂದಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂದಾಗೋಣ…
ಎಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮನಸ್ಸುಗಳನ್ನ ಬೆಸೆಯುವ ಒಂದು ಕನ್ನಡಪರ ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರ ಮನಸ್ಸುಗಳ ಮಿಲನದ ಹೂರಣ
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಜಾತಿ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಧರ್ಮ
ELLA KANNADA ABHIMAANIGALA VEDIKE INTERNATIONAL – EKAVI
EKAVI had proposed this in 2004
A PROPOSAL TO SETUP
DEPARTMENT OF KANNADA LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT “DKLTSD”
“Mahiti”- The Millennium IT policy released by the GoK included policies towards benefiting Kannada software development. Further, under The Millennium IT policy, GoK has committed itself to promote Kannada in Information Technology and provide incentives for the development of Kannada Software.
(a) A passionate bunch of entrepreneurs had for over two decades pioneered and provided the facility of using Kannada on computers, when even International software developers like Microsoft had not provided such a facility.
(b) These developers enabled publishers to avail of the latest facilities like DTP and Electronic pre-press facilities to produce quality books, periodicals and Newspapers in Kannada.
(c) Survival was always a challenge for these developers, for they had to fight piracy, obsolescence and restricted market volumes. But they fought on with love for Kannada as their main inspiration hoping that some day when Kannada is used widely on computers their pioneering efforts would pay back.
(d) Development of a Kannada software called NUDI was funded by GoK, and it was allowed to monopolise in the Government Departments and undertakings. But, NUDI software has non-standard fonts and this software has completely destroyed competitive opportunity for other local Kannada software developers, who were working in this field for past 20 years.
(e) There were as many as twenty Companies developing Kannada software, up to the period of year 2000. But, currently only three Kannada software development companies are surviving only due to their lust towards developing technology for Kannada. This is an indicator that Kannada software development is not lucrative enough for doing business. These three organizations have also stopped any further development of Kannada software due to the loss of investment in Kannada software.
(f) Kannada software is lagging far behind when compared to other languages, such as Tamil and Hindi. Wherein the development is well ahead and on par with other western languages. In these languages lot of work has been done in the areas such as Spellcheck, Grammar check, OCR, TTS, Voice recognition, Machine translation, Localisation etc.
There is an urgent need to safeguard the interests of Kannada on computers and furtherance of Software & Technology development for the complex requirements of Kannada. Kannada software development can’t be equated with general software development because of its cultural context.
Lack of Kannada software and technologies may force the use of English, in the context of aggressive computerization in every level of Government Administration. This is already evident from the Mahithi Sindhu, Project Shiksha, which are based on the software with English interface and no software with Kannada interface is used.
In view of the enormous work that has to be taken up in the future for Kannada software, there is an immediate necessity to create a department to look into the aspects of developing technologies and software for Kannada. This department needs to take up the responsibility of ensuring future developments. To further the cause of Tamil on computers, various Universities in Tamilnadu has already created study unit /department/centre of excellence.
In this context, It is high time for the Govt. to cater adequate funds for this inevitable contingency so as to go ahead with the requirements to fund the Department, which will enable us to undertake and accomplish the results and showcase our developments in the field of KANNADA LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT.
This department will undertake research and development of technologies for Kannada and conduct academic programmes such as MA in Computational Linguistics to develop human resources in the field of software development for Kannada and computational linguistics to enable NLP applications. All the resultant research work will be announced/distributed as Open Source without any royalty.
Areas of working
The proposed department will work in the areas of Localisation, NLP applications such as Translation, Voice Recognition, OCR, Human and computer interface etc.
Title of the project : Localisation
Localisation of application software starts from standardization of bi-lingual fonts or character encoding for Kannada. It has to be noted that, there is no standard for bi-lingual fonts for Kannada. Further, the localization of application software involves standardization of glossaries in Kannada and development of various tools and software to achieve localization. The process of localization involves of application software involving redesigning of user interfaces such as dialogs boxes.
1. Localisation of Windows 98
Objective : The use of MS Windows 98 is predominant and is also included in the project shiksha and hence the need for developing a software to localize MS Windows 98 is critical to imparting training to Kannada medium students.
Budget : 56 Lakhs
2. Localisation of MS Windows based applications
Objective : Similarly the application software developed for MS Windows Operating System is critical for promotion of Kannada on computers.
Budget : 53 Lakhs
3. Localisation of Help contents
Objective : All the help contents has to be translated so as to enable the Kannada users to use the computers effectively.
Budget : 22 Lakhs
4. Localisation of Web applications
Objective : Now a days more and more Web based applications are available to meet the various needs of the society. In order to reach the masses, all these applications need to be localized.
Budget : 35 Lakhs
Title of the project : Multimedia Authoring
Objective : Preparation of Learning/Teaching materials for the needs of Kannada users is always a cumbersome process. An easy to use authoring software needs to be developed to address the needs of the Kannada.
Budget : 120 Lakhs
Title of the project : NLP – Natural Language Processing
Objective : Spellchecker software is required for basic application software such as wordprocessors.
Budget : 25 Lakhs
2. Grammar checker
Objective : In order to improve the creative writing and correct writing of text in Kannada, Grammar checker is an indispensable one and could be achieved by developing an appropriate software for the purpose.
Budget : 40 Lakhs
Objective : A dictionary for thesauras is essential for creative writing.
Budget : 9 Lakhs
Objective : For wordprocessors and page layout software, hyphenation is a critical component in formatting of text.
Budget : 9 Lakhs
Objective : Summarisation tools are evolving to extract the abstract of text.
Budget : 20 Lakhs
6. Electronic Dictionary
Objective : Due to the agglutinative nature of writing Kannada word, a mere passive dictionary is of little help. In order to enhance the use of dictionary, an electronic dictionary is very much essential.
Budget : 22 Lakhs
Objective : Translation software are required for various domains such as administration, education, judicial, medical, commerce etc.
Budget : 91 Lakhs
Objective : Text to speech software are in demand for various requirements such as announcements, voice synthesizers etc.
Budget : 25 Lakhs
Objective : Character recognition software for handwriting and printed texts are the need of the hour.
Budget : 65 Lakhs
10. Voice Recognition
Objective : For various needs, voice recognition software are required.
Budget : 98 Lakhs
The estimated budget to develop all the above software is Rs. 690 Lakhs.
As the proposed activities involve co-ordination of various research works with other national and International organizations and Universities, the proposed department should be established in Bangalore, which is an ideally suitable place.
This department needs two types of funds, one is to establish the department and to meet the administrative requirements and the other is to support the Research and Development of software.
Investment required to establish the department
1. Hardware (Servers, Desktops etc) 15,00,000.00
2. Software (Development tools, Authoring tools etc) 10,00,000.00
3. Communication (ISDN/Broadband connection) 2,00,000.00
4. Interior (Civil, electrical fittings and furniture etc) 15,00,000.00
5. Vehicle 15,00,000.00
6. Miscellaneous 3,00,000.00
1. Connectivity charges 4,00,000.00
2. Salaries 29,00,000.00
3. Telephone 90,000.00
4. Vehicles 1,00,000.00
5. Travelling 1,00,000.00
6. Printing & Stationery 80,000.00
7. Electricity & Water 80,000.00
8. Rent for building 12,00,000.00
9. Miscellaneous 50,000.00
DesignationNo of postsAnnual gross salary
TOTAL ESTIMATED BUDGET:
1. Establish the Department: 60 Lakhs
2. Operational Cost: 50 Lakhs
3. Development Cost: 690 Lakhs.
Total Budget: 800 Lakhs – Approximate Estimated Cost.
ಈ ಕವಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾಪಕರು ಶ್ರೀ ವಿ. ಎಂ. ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿ
ಮಾರಪ್ಪನಪಾಳ್ಯ ವೆಂಕಟಪ್ಪ ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿ.
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಾಂತರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ನೆಲಮಂಗಲ ತಾಲ್ಲೂಕಿನ ಮಾರಪ್ಪನಪಾಳ್ಯ ಮೂಲದ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ. ೧೯೯೮ ರಿಂದ ಅಕ್ಕ ಕೂಟದ ಸ್ಥಾಪಕ ಟ್ರಸ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಥಾಪಕ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರಾಗಿ ದುಡಿದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ೨೦೦೦ ರಿಂದ ೨೦೦೨ ರವರಿಗೆ ಅಕ್ಕ ಕೂಟದ ಸಹ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ೨೦೦೩ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಈಕವಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿದರು. ೨೦೦೪ ರಲ್ಲಿ ಈಕವಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿದರು.
kannada software development
ಈ-ಕವಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಗಣಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯ ವಿಚಾರವನ್ನುಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಅದು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತ ಮತ್ತು ಫಲಕಾರಕ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊರಬರುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.
Listen to what Dr. Kambar says about KANNADA BHASHE
KANNADA KANNADA KANNADA – what is going to happen ??
Dr. Chandrashekara Kambara’s Speech about KSD – ಕನ್ನಡ ಗಣಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ
Part one : http://youtube.com/watch?v=s01b4Z7l-aw
Part two : http://youtube.com/watch?v=UMmmomar7WA
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡವೆ ಸರಕಾರದ ಭಾಷೆ.
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಇಂದ ಇಡಿದು ವಿಧಾನ ಸೌಧ ದವರೆಗೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೆ ವ್ಯವರಿಸಬೇಕು.
TEJASVI ekavi Kannada Tantramsha
Sada Kannada <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote August 3rd 2006,
I guess, there are too many things and many people involved in stalling the progress of Kannada language implementation on computers. More sad is that they happen to be Kannadigas themselves. Since it happened sometime back we can forgive them and forget about all that. What we can do now is:
1) Make the Nudi, a FREE software so that our own Government funding does not create a software body which neither creates a good software nor allow others do it. Let the KGP work like a standardisation body with conforming to open standards and stressing the need for FREE software.
Let us all work towards getting this happen. Let us not worry about who all are behind this and their murky deeds. Let us concentrate on Kannada, our language than tarnishing some foolish people.
2) There should be scope for anyone to involve in the Kannada work, if someone volunteers. The font problem, problem of understanding some closed standards, problem of not having some existing codebase to start with should not be there. There should be enough opportunities for Kannadigas to learn more about the language and its implementation on computers.
3) There should be level playing business in the market as far as the Kannada software development is concerned. Let someone not take neither the false credit for their derived work nor should they kill a person who is into legitimate business. Since every software vendor should share the software, the competition should be among who gives a better service rather than who is good at keeping the software closed, so that his / their murky deeds are kept secret. The KGP should oversee this (can this happen).
All this is only my opinion. Since I am not a legal person, I don’t know how these things can be brought to effect or if all I have said are viable.
In any case, the foremost thing that has to happen is getting the Nudi software as FREE software, so that someone, somewhere when he/she gets interest can work with the existing code base. Let it work like reference code. How to work for getting this Nudi as a FREE software (with source code available, not like BARAHA)? Or is it opensourced already?
These are my opinions. Please pour in your comments. I guess we all will be happy to see more comments on this.
Read the following, you will know about KSD ISSUES and What some KANNADIGAS wanted to happen in KSD and do for KSD.
Minutes of the meeting on Kannada Software Development “KSD”
A meeting was convened on 16-07-04 at Vijayanagara Club, Bangalore, to discuss some of the issues related to Kannada Software. Following members had attended the meeting.
1. Sri. Purnachandra Tejaswi – Famous writer, Mudigere
2. Dr Chandrshekhara Kambara -MLC and famous writer, Bangalore
3. Prof. G. Venkatasubbayya – Lexicographer and famous writer, Bangalore
4. Sri R. S. Rajaram, Proprietor, Navakarnataka Publications, Bangalore
5. Sri S. K. Anand, MD, Cyberscape, Bangalore
6. Dr. Pavanaja – CEO, Vishwa Kannada Softech, Bangalore
7. Sri. Gyanesh – Software Engineer, Bangalroe
8. Sri. Satyanarayana – Software Engineer, Bangalore
9. Sri K Krishna Kumar, Software Engineer, Bangalore
10. Dr. Lingadevaru Halemane – CIIL, Mysore, Convener of the meeting
11. Sri K.T. Satheesh Gowda – EKAVI, Bangalore Chapter and Software Engineer
12. Sri Somashekhar – Software Engineer, Bangalore
In addition to the above participants, we had invited the following persons.
1. Prof. B.N. Sreeram – Publisher, Mysore
2. Sri. Srinatha Shastry – Chief Secretary, Kannada Ganaka Parishat, Bangalore
3. Sri. G.N. Narasimha Murthy, Secretary, Kannada Ganaka Parishat, Bangalore
4. Dr. Panditharadhya – Kannada Ganaka Parishat, Mysore
5. Dr. B. Mallikarjun – CIIL, Mysore
6. Shivakumar – Editor, Aparanji
7. Dr. Sharada – CIIL, Mysore
However, they did not attend the meeting.
Dr. Lingadevaru started by welcoming everyone for the meeting and explained the background for conducting the meeting. He circulated the minutes of the meeting held at Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, on May 25, 2004. He explained the necessity to call this meeting of technical experts and linguists to take the advice on the issues concerned about Kannada Software Development.
Dr Lingadevaru thanked Sri Poornachandra Tejasvi, Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara, Prof G Venkatasubbayya, Sri R S Rajaram, ministers Sri Siddaramayya & Sri M P Prakash and all others for showing keen interest and extending support. He also thanked Sri V M Kumaraswamy, founder of E-KAVI organization and its Bangalore chapter members Satheesh Gowda, Somashekhar and his team for taking all the troubles. He felt that this entire culmination is due to the extra efforts of E-KAVI.
Dr Lingadevaru started the discussions. There should be free and level playing field for Kannada software developments. We should use and encourage the software developed by the developers. Writers and artists have passion for the language but have limitations in understanding the technologies. But they can not be silent spectators when Kannada language is becoming extinct due to the onslaught of technological enhancements. Everyone felt on the May 25th meeting that things are not alright in Kannada Software Development. Members felt that the Govt should be pressurized to take steps to create enough opportunities for Kannada software developments and encourage such developments. At the same time no body should feel that this is a fight against Kannada Ganaka Parishat.
Sri K P Poornchandr Tejasvi took up the issue of lack of availability of good fonts for printing and publishing. Govt feels that it is the biggest customer. Even though it is correct, it is also important to have good fonts and related technologies for commercial printing. It is not enough if the software development is done targeting only the Govt requirements. All Kannadigas should get the benefit of technology. The problems of adapting technology for Kannada should end. If we don’t solve these problems Kannada will become extinct very soon. The monopoly of any one organization or Govt is hindering the growth of Kannada software development. Kannada software development should strive in an area of healthy competition. We can’t expect anything good from Kannada Ganaka Parisht which consists of technically unqualified people. Govt should withdraw the notification making Kannada Ganaka Parishat as the certifying body for Kannada software. Govt should also withdraw the notification making it mandatory for Govt departments to use only Nudi software. These steps are a must for encouraging all software developers.
He appreciated all those developers who foresaw the requirements for Kannada at the early stages and developed the software as per the need. Rajaram felt that there should be free and open market for Kannada software development and selling. Any monopoly is not good for the development. He also remembered the scientific research and development done by Dr Reddy, Prajavani newspaper for keyboard layout for Kannada and the font design by Kamalesh under the guidance of Prof G Venkatasubbayya.
Whatever be the internal problems of Kannada Ganaka Parishat, we should appreciate the passion for Kannada of their office bearers, felt Rajaram. He felt that we should invite the office bearers of Kannada Ganaka Parishat for the meeting. It was brought to the notice that the invitation has gone to the office bearers of Kannada Ganaka Parishat, but no one has turned up. Tejasvi appreciated the good work done by Kannada Ganaka Parishat in digitizing the pampabharatha. But he added that such works can be done by anyone and this kind of jobs should not be the priority of Kannada Ganaka Parishat. They should not forget their primary aim of developing basic tools and technologies needed for the Kannada software development. He opined that Kannada Ganaka Parishat is incompetent bear the responsibility and taking forward the Kannada Software development.
At this time Lingadevaru drew the attention of the people towards a letter sent by Kannada Ganaka Parishat in reply to the minutes of the meeting of CIIL meet of May 25, 2004. He read out the letter written by the chief secretary of Kannada Ganaka Parishat. He mentioned that according to this letter the issues discussed at CIIL meet are not issues at all and they have been taken care already. S K Anand reacted saying that Kannada Parishat expects software developers to co-operate with them. But how can one co-operate with an organization which pirates the fonts developed by others and cheats the Govt, he felt. He added that the situation wherein Kannada Ganaka Parishat, which is the certifying agency for Kannada software, making its own software, is like a referee himself running the race and then declaring himself as the winner. Dr Lingadevaru opined that the points mentioned in the letter written by Kannada Ganaka Parishat are nothing but a ploy to divert the attention. He read out a portion of the letter wherein Kannada Ganaka Parishat has asked as to what is the wrong recommendation sent to Unicode. Dr Pavanaja reacted to this questioning the wisdom of Shrinatha Shasthry and Dr Panditharadhya who were present at CIIL meeting wherein he (Pavanaja) had explained in detail about this. Pavanaja also wondered why these two gentlemen did not clarify this during the CIIL meeting itself.
Computer field is changing at a rapid pace. Nudi has already become obsolete in the context of Unicode. Representing Kannada at national and international level is the need of the hour. Unicode is must for this. These were the opinion of Dr Pavanaja. Windows 98 does not support Kannada Unicode. But there could have been a facility in Nudi to save the typed text as Unicode. Then it is not possible to open and edit such a text in Windows 98. But there could have been a facility in Nudi to convert the Unicode text back into the old technology for editing on Windows 98. This is quite easy to accomplish and Pavanaja wondered why such a small facility has not been included in Nudi software. There is no solution for the problems faced while using Nudi. If the source code of Nudi is put in the public domain interested people can work to improve it, opined Pavanaja. Gyanesh questioned what the benefits of making Nudi opensource are. He also asked about the standardization vis-a-vis making Nudi opnesource. Pavanaja replied that opensource concept works under the purview standardization. At present Nudi has only some standardization but there are not many useful features. There are so many bugs in Nudi. This is the opinion of majority of the application software developers who are using Nudi Software Development toolkit. There are lots of doubts about the professionalism in making and maintaining the Nudi software. For once it is doubtful about Govt possessing the source code of Nudi. Then there is doubt about proper documentation of Nudi. What happens to Nudi if the programmer of Nudi, K M Harsha, goes to some foreign country? Nobody has thought in these lines. If the sourcecode of Nudi is avilable in public domain, the bugs present in it can be fixed by passionate experts. Moreover, Nudi is funded by Govt, hence every citizen has a right on its source code. In case of Linux enthusiasts, some parts of the code of Nudi which deals with Windows API might not be useful, but all other code which deals with core concepts like keyboard handling, sorting, etc. will be definitely useful. In fact Kannada Linux enthusiasts are desperately looking for the source code of Nudi for implementing Kannada sorting.
Gyanesh suggested that there should be a consortium similar to the Unicode consortium consisting of technologists, writers, consumers of software and Govt representatives which will address the issues concerned with Kannada software development. That consortium should evolve and publish all standards pertaining to Kannada software development. All works should be carried out as per these standards. Pavanaja replied that there was such a committee. But it looked into the standardization of glyphset for monolingual truetype font only. Afterwards there were no activities towards any standardization at Govt level. That committee did not standardize glyphset for bi-lingual font. But Kannada Ganaka Parishat included bi-lingual fonts in Nudi versions 3 & 4. A myth has been created that whatever made by Kannada Ganaka Parishat is the standard. But Ganaka Parishat has failed in this endeavor. Hence there should be a permanent committee at the Govt level to look into standardization, opined Pavanaja.
Rajaram continued the discussions about fonts from where he had left it earlier. There were very good foundry types prior to the advent of DTP. In computers everyone gave importance to text fonts and no body bothered about headline fonts. We need good headline fonts for Kannada, opined Rajaram. Pavanaja replied to this highlighting the technical advancements that have been made in the concept of fonts by the availability of opentype fonts. In opentype fonts, there is no limitation of number of glyphs as in the case of truetype fonts. We can have thousands of glyphs to address every specific need. The need of the hour is to make 10-12 very high quality opentype fonts for Kannada. This needs investments in the form of resource, time and money. There is no mechanism to protect the fonts from not being copied by some means. Creating and selling opentype fonts is not a commercially viable business. Hence the stake holders like Govt, printers and publishers, newspapers, etc have to mobilize the necessary resources and fund the devlopment of opentype fonts for Kannada, opined Pavanaja. Rajarama seconded this suggestion. Tejasvi added that Govt must support and fund this activity. If they can spend crores of Rupees for Sahithya Sammelanas why can’t they fund these really useful and absolutely necessary activities, he wondered.
Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara told to the members that he has taken initiative at Govt level and has already done preliminary rounds of talks. He mentioned that he has brought to the notice of Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Shri M P Prakash. He promised to help in all respects for step by step implementation of the resolutions of this meeting. Let us inform everyone through media. Then let us submit a memorandum to the Govt. I will bring this issue in the forthcoming session of the assembly. Let us also invite all Kannada associations to join hand. Govt has opened a separate department for E-Governance. All computerization work at the Govt level must include Kannada and it should follow standards, opined Dr Kambara.
A Sthyanarayana took up the issue of computerization of Govt departments. He explained the steps taken by Kannada Development Authority in this regard. Due to the interest of Chandrashekhara Patil, then President of Kannada Development Authority, notification was issued for the standardized keyboard layout. Prof Baragooru Ramachandrappa made the Computer Kannada action plan. This action plan was supposed to be implemented through Dept of Information Technology. They gave the responsibility to Kannada Ganaka Parishat. It is a big question as to what happened to this action plan. Nudi was made during the period of Prof Bargooru. There was no proper training to the Govt staff in using it. The aim of implementing Kannada in all administrative work is getting backstabbed in the name of computerization. He gave the example of computerization of treasury. Prior to computerization all the works of treasury department were being carried out in Kannada. Now the things have changed after computerization. Now everything is in English due to computerization. Kannada Devlopment Authority can only issue guidelines and memos. But the implementation of these guidelines depends on the respective departments. There is no training at all for the Govt staff on using Kannada on computers. This training is very important. The present computer training policy of Govt has no place for Kannada. Govt has awarded the training contract to big names. It is important that the medium of instruction of these training and the usage of computer must be Kannada. Likewise the medium of instructions and the examples used in the “mahiti sindhu” project of the Govt should be in Kannada.
Members took serious view of the fact that as per some report of experts, Kannada is in the forefront of dying languages of South India. We are in the critical juncture of saving and giving long life to Kannada language. If we don’t act now Kannada will remain as a spoken language in villages. In the context of these, the following resolutions were adopted unanimously.
1. There should be a permanent committee to look into various aspects of standardization and implementation of Kannada on computers. This committee should also take care of various aspects of the technical problems faced, their solutions, the software to be developed, their priorities, etc. This committee should be constituted by the Govt immediately. This committee should consist of computer experts with good knowledge of Kannada, Kannada experts with knowledge of computers, printers and publishers, newspaper owners/journalists, Kannada writers and Kannada software experts.
2. All Kannada software developers should be encouraged. Kannada software development should happen in a healthy competitive environment. Kannada Ganaka Parishat also should compete with other commercial vendors. Since Kannada Ganaka Parishat is also into Kannada software development, the Govt notification appointing Ganaka Parishat as the certifying agency for Kannada software should be withdrawn.
3. The source code of Nudi software which is developed by Govt funding should be kept in public domain by making Nudi as opensource software.
4. Pressure should be applied to Govt to implement these resolutions.
There is a need for a substantial improvement of Kannada Language Software from a usability perspective. In context of the problems arising in the usage of Kannada Language Software it is essential for all the software vendors, government bodies & language experts to form a consortium to solve the issues and technical hitches in the usage of Kannada Language Software. The usage of Kannada language software should not be constrained by or be dependent on a particular entity or a body for certification. The consortium or governmental body must evolve the standards so that the usage of Kannada language software is not at the mercy of a monopoly.
The Kannada language software ‘NUDI’ must be distributed, as “Open Source Code” for the development, enhancement and modification according to the user needs
Since not much importance given to Kannada language software or its vendors, it is lagging behind all the others southern languages in India. Kannada language software is in a perilous condition much behind other southern Indian languages.
The Government of Karnataka reposes complete faith in Kannada Ganaka Parishath (KGP), which is monopolizing all software development in Kannada related to the governmental departments or undertakings. KGP, which has developed NUDI software and for distribution to all governmental departments, uses bilingual fonts, which are against GOK standards and of a poor quality. Research and development pertaining to Kannada software has come to a stand still due to the monopoly of the KGP, which as seen above are not standards compliant. The advice given by KGP to governmental bodies with respect to Kannada software is of unconstructive nature, and it leads to confusion, confrontation and conflict between the independent Kannada software developers and the authorities.
The development of Kannada Language Software should not be restricted to a sole monopolistic body. Other independent software vendors must be given an opportunity for research & development of Kannada Language Software. Certification of Kannada software must not be given to the same monopoly which also develops it, instead the standards must be set by the government and approval of all Kannada language software must be channelised through the consortium authorized by the Government of Karnataka.
Though the government of Karnataka had identified the list of key thrust areas where Kannada language software development is necessary, the responsibility for development was handed over to KGP, which has only managed to develop NUDI software whereas other major and critical areas requiring research / development has been neglected.
Future research & development in Kannada language software should be given to independent Kannada language software developers who have already developed and implemented the same in various institutions / organisations etc.
KGP has failed to properly represent the interests of Kannada software nationally and globally, which is an indicator that KGP is not capable of handling such responsibilities.
Under the guidance of a society dedicated to Kannada the government of Karnataka should authorise the consortium to undertake and oversee all the activities pertaining to Kannada software development nationally and globally.
A society must be created by the government of Karnataka, dedicated only to the development of Kannada language software comprising of software engineers, publishers, eminent writers, journalists and litterateurs.
Shri. K P Poornachandra Tejaswi
Dr Chandrashekar Kambhar
Prof. G Ventakasubbaiah
Dr. Lingadevaru Halemane
July 16, 2004
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