Monday, 19 July 2010

Tamil fonts

DOWNLOAD Tamil open type font (Unicode compatable), Linux and windows

DOWNLOAD Tamil open type font Tamilnet'99 key board driver for windows

There are 120 fonts available in the zip file

Discussion of Tamil Fonts

  In this section, the reader is exposed to the variations seen in the fonts available for the Tamil Script. The desire to display text in Tamil on a web page had already set some pioneers on the job as early as 1992. For a variety of reasons, the developers of fonts for Tamil did not envisage a need for some minimal standardization, which resulted in totally different approaches to using the fonts on a computer, each approach based on the specific aspect of each font. 

  The purpose of this page is to illustrate the variations and also explain why most of them including the standard proposed at Tamilnet-99 have serious limitations for computing with Tamil. Viewers may want to review the section on Desirable set of characters for Printing and Display of Tamil texts to better appreciate the points made in this section. It must be kept in mind that these fonts have been designed primarily for display and printing of text using special font dependent applications for data entry. Consequently none of them can be used meaningfully for linguistic text processing in a straight forward manner.


Installation Instructions :


  • Click on the Download Button 
  • Unzip the file
  • Double click Setup.exe to start installation
  • After installing, please follow the process for enabling Indian languages on Windows 2000 and above as given below in the Settings section.

Note : These fonts will work best with Windows XP and Office 2003





Usage Instructions (Keyboard Driver) :


  • Set the Locale to Tamil (small icon with "TA" should appear in the right hand side of the Taskbar)
  • Start the Keyboard driver by clicking on 
    • Start->Program files->Tamil Unicode Keyboard Driver ->ShreeKbd.exe.
  • A small blue-yellow icon will appear near the TA icon in the task bar.
  • Right click this icon to choose the keyboard layout.



System Requirement


  • Processor: Intel Celeron onwards
  • Windows (NT/2000 Onwards):





  • Linux:
    • Tamil Unicode Support is available in RedHat, Fedora, Suse, NICLinux, BOSS distributions 
    • Refer to the respective manufacturers documentation for enabling Tamil Unicode Support
  • Win2000:
    • Go to "Control Panel" and click on "Regional Options" 
    • Click "General" tab and from Language Settings for System window check on "Indic" 
    • It will ask for Win2000 CD. Installation will happen. Reboot the system 
    • Now again go to Regional Option and click on "Input Locales" tab 
    • Add the languages in which you want to type. 
    • A small "EN" will appear in the system tray. Left click on "EN" and choose the language to type. 
  • Win XP:
    • Go to "Control Panel" and then click "Regional and Language Options" 
    • Click on "Languages" tab and check on the box which says "Install Files for complex scripts". 
    • This method will ask for Win XP CD. Put the CD in the CD drive and let the installation begin. 
    • Once the installation is complete boot the system if required and again goto 2nd step. 
    • Now click "Details" tab. Click on "Add" to add the languages of your choice. 
    • A small "EN" will appear in the system tray. Left click on "EN" and choose the language to type



Installing and Using Tamil fonts 


Firefox Users:

If you face trouble viewing in Firefox do the following:

Go to Tools ->Options ->Content-> Advanced and Enable the Check the box saying '
'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above'' and select OK


For Linux Operating System:

Copy one of the Tamil fonts file from Tamil Fonts(but we recommend Lohit-Tamil font) to .fonts directory in the user's home directory. If .fonts directory does not exist in the home directory, please create it. Finally run the command 'fc-cache' from the command prompt.

It is very important to restart the browser, only then you will be able to read the content in Tamil.


Mac Users:

We recommend Users to use Mac OS X 10.4/Tiger/Leopard and Safari 2.0/Safari 3.0. 

Users have to remove the fonts that are copied over from Windows. Safari on Mac OS substitutes the default fonts when the specified font is not available. 


iPhone :

Unfortunately iPhone doesn't support any Indian Unicode fonts. We are as eager as you to make our language channels iPhone compatible.

How to key in Tamil in XP'?

1. Go to control panel
2. Select Regional and Language settings
3. Select Languages
4. 'Check' the box of Install files for complex script
5. Select details
6. Go to add options
7. Select tamil in Input Language
8. And select Tamil for Keyboard layout

Now you can type in Tamil. And By using Left Alt+Shift we can shuffle between English and Tamil

1) Murasu Anjal 2000

Click here to download Murasu Anjal 2000 
Installing Murasu Anjal 2000 is very easy. If you have downloaded it, just run the exe file. If you have the CD version, just click on the "Install Murasu Anjal " button. Anjal provides the font 'InaimathiTSC' which helps to read our tamil pages. Anjal also helps you to send and receive Tamil emails, type short texts in tamil using built-in Murasu Editor. For details visit

Just remember to start Anjal every time you start your computer. You may want to place it in your startup folder so that it gets started everytime Windows starts. Remember that Tamil input and Anjal fonts will be disabled if you do not have Anjal running.

2) Other TSCII Fonts

If you would just like to read our tamil pages, you need to download any of the following TSCII fonts and install it in your Windows machine:

Tamil Font Help

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