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.
Installing and Using Tamil fonts
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.
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.
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 visithttp://www.murasu.com.
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
- Windows XP and Windows Vista
- Windows 98 and Windows 2000 With IE 6.0+
- Windows XP and Server 2003 users
- Firefox Users
- Linux Operating System
- Mac Users
How to install the font?
Click on the above 'Tamil fonts' link and right click on one of the Tamil fonts and select 'Save target as' and save the fonts in 'C:/WINDOWS/Fonts' directory
Once you install the fonts, close the browser window and reopen it
Even now if you can't view Tamil fonts do the following step:
Go to 'Tools->Internet Options' and select 'Fonts' and chooseLohit-Tamil
If the problem still persists go for sept two
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options f> General [Tab]
In the "Language settings for this system" frame, check the box next to "Indic".
Steps to be followed:
- Click on any of the above three fonts
- You will see a dialog box - in that select "save file to disk"
- Save it in a drive/folder of your choice. Let us say you save it to your desktop
- Go to control panel, select settings, select fonts.
- Select file option, select install new font
- Select Windows then Desktop directory (or wherever you have downloaded the font), select the font you have downloaded from the list on the top and click ok. The font will be installed in your machine. Now you can read the Tamil pages
- Click on any of the above three fonts