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Let’s Start A

Revolution!
“From today, let’s all type all our emails with correct
spellings, using diacritics.”

Spread it like a virus!! Here’s how

Dear friends and fans/lovers of Vedic culture &


Sanskṛt,

I am thrilled by this - now ANYONE can EASILY start


typing in Romanized Sanskṛt..this Unicode thing is a
major breakthrough! As HG Pratyatoṣa Prabhu announced
on his site in 2007:

BREAKTHROUGH! Sanskrit diacritics with no special font required! The


http://pratyatosa.com/691226IN.BOS.html web page, as does this one
(http://www.pratyatosa.com/SanskritDiacriticTextConversion.htm#FD4), uses the
Segoe UI font with the Tahoma Plus and Tahoma fonts as a backups just in case
you don't have Segoe UI installed.

What i’ve understood of ‘unicode’ is that each unicode


font set contains all alphabets of all languages in the
world.. and nowadays all computers have it, thus the
interenet like vedabase.net can show diacritcis
accurately without the need to install a font..

As HG Pratyatoṣa prabhu mentions on his above site:


If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 or have Microsoft Word 2007
installed, then you already have Segoe UI installed. … The newer versions (dated
7/17/2004 or later) of the Tahoma font and the Microsoft Sans Serif font both
display 30 out of the 31 standard { IAST (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAST } Sanskṛt
diacritic characters correctly on most Windows XP / Vista computers. Using
Windows 7, these same 3 fonts each display all 31 characters correctly. In fact,
Windows 7 adds 6 other fonts which also display all 31 characters correctly,
namely Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Segoe UI Light, Segoe UI Semibold and Times
New Roman!

So nowadays, romanized Sanskṛt displays correctly


easily within Gmail, Facebook and Microsoft Word...
almost anywhere!

And here’s the best part that can make the revolution
actually happen easily: The software that makes it as
easy as anything could be to type with unicode - the
new DiacWin unicode keyboard filter.... Can you
imagine how easy it is? To type this: ‘Ā’, all i had
to just do is type ; followed by A. And if i want ‘Ṣ’
then type ; followed by S! Read on to find out just
how easy it is to join the revolution!

Please follow these few simple steps, then you can


start practising your Sanskṛt (with correct spelling!!)
every time you type - it is so easy.. actualy it is on
the CD which I gave all participants in our Sanskṛt
pronunciation course, but here goes with step by step
instructions..

First, go to this wonderful page of HG Murāri Dās


(Michael Best), dear son of HG Pratyatoṣa Prabhu:-
http://www.dasya.com/~mbest/freeware/fontsunicode.html
and download the diacwin unicode - save it in a folder
and then double-click it to unzip and extract the files
within - save those into a new folder and note the
location - I suggest in your My Documents you make a
folder called "Software". (It’s just a tiny utility
with a size of just 5kb - it just sits as a filter
between your keyboard and youc computer and works only
when you trigger it with the ; key - so it won’t slow
down your PC/laptop in any way)

After that, right click the little green tree icon and
click Send to Desktop (Create shortcut). A new icon
will appear on your desktop with the green tree logo.
Drag it onto your START button and place it at the top
of the Start Menu to make it easily accessible.

Next, you can visit this webpage of HG Pratyatoṣa


prabhu
http://www.pratyatosa.com/SanskritDiacriticTextConversi
on.htm#FD5 and download for free more than 100
different Sanskṛt diacritic fonts.

Now to start using it!

To start, double-click the green tree shortcut which


you created above**. Now you will see that a little
green tree icon near your computer's clock in the
bottom corner of your screen. Right click it and then
click ACTIVE - until you do this it remains inactive.
That’s it! Now your computer can speak (I mean type, of
course) Sanskṛt!

As mentioned above, now all you need to do if you want


a line above the a is to type ; followed by a - that’s
all! To get an s with a dot under, type ; followed by
s.

To see the full list of diacritics, right click the


tree icon near yr system clock and click Help. It is
very straightforward. (The only two tricky common ones
you need to remember are that for ś you need to use ;c
and for the ṅ as in saṅga or gaurāṅga or saṅkīrtana,
you have to use ;g to get the n with superscript dot
(i.e. a dot above it) The rest are quite direct.

So now you can do you little part to help make the


greatest language of the world, Sanskṛt, a living
language once again... just touching that semicolon key
first..

[and in case you are wondering... “what if i need to


type a semi-colon? have i lost it?” No problem, just
type it twice! He (Michael Best)’s thought of
everything, has'nt he? What a great contribution!]

So if daily we keep typing one or two words in sanskṛt,


it will surely brush up our sanskṛt skills and avoid
unconcious murdering of the great language by barbaric
anglicised (i don't even like this word - it is full of
arrogance - to think we can twist other people's names
etc because our spelling is illogical!) wrong
spellings.

:-) this is the start of a small revolution! let's


get others using this great software since it is now
possible on all new computers and the internet, and
thus rectify all the wrong spellings that even our Hare
Kṛṣṇa devotees regularly make! I was absolutely
thrilled to discover recently that it works in Facebook
as well as in Gmail!

haribol! Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s wonderful kali-yuga-versin


of Sanskṛt kī.... jāya!
yrs in service of śrī guru, śrī gaurāṅga, śrī śrī
gandharvikā-giridhārī and śrīmad bhagavad gīta,

dīnānukampana dāsa

PS
**If you really wanna be sincere about always using the
DiacWin Unicode utility, then all you have to do is put
it in your Startup Folder, so whenever you start your
computer, it will be sitting there in the corner, near
your system clock, smiling at you... waiting for you to
right-click and make it ACTIVE! Here’s how:-

Find that shortcut little green tree icon which we put


on the desktop earlier (see above for details). Right
click it and select Copy.

Now click your computer’s Start button; then click All


Programs. Look for the folder named Startup. Open
that. Now right-click within this folder and select
Paste to paste a copy of that shortcut icon into that
startup folder.

Henceforth, whenever you start your computer this


little diacwin utility will be activated and you will
be asked to grant permission for it to run at the time
of starting up. As I said before, it will not slow
down your pc at all - it is merely a keyboard filter
that is activated briefly only when you use the
semicolon key to trigger the diacritic - it is not a
complicated/heavy software.

PS 2
In case you have any older material in Romanized
Sanskṛt which uses say Tamal or Balaram Fonts - where
you see Kṛṣṇa displayed as ‘Kåñëa’ (remember seeing
this?) - well you can convert it wtih this wonderful
utility at the top of HG Pratyatoṣa prabhu’s page:
http://www.pratyatosa.com/SanskritDiacriticTextConversi
on.htm#FD5 Just copy the Balram text (highlight and
Ctrl+C) then go to that page and paste it (Ctrl+V) into
the box. Click the button ‘From Balaram’. Then select
a suitable Unicode Font eg. Tahoma Plus and hey presto!
it’s now in unicode.. Cut and paste it anywhere and it
won’t go weird!

Try it with this sample;

Hare Kåñëa Hare Kåñëa


Kåñëa Kåñëa Hare Hare
Hare Räma Hare Räma
Räma Räma Hare Räma Hare

and you should end up with this;

Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛsn ̣ ̣a


Kṛsn
̣ ̣a Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma Hare Rāma Hare

Haribol!
PS3
And if you want to go further.... you’ll be shocked to
hear this.. if you can do the above, then you can
already type Sanskṛt in Devanāgarī!!!