താങ്കൾക്ക് ഇതു വായിക്കാൻ സാധിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കിൽ താങ്കളുടെ ബ്രൗസർ മലയാളം വായിക്കാൻ സജ്ജമാണ്. If you have problem reading Malayalam , please click here.
On this page we will try to explain how to contribute to Malayalam Wikipedia. Malayalam Wikipedia uses Unicode to encode its pages.
(i) Transliteration software like Varamozhi that uses an intuitive scheme to produce Malayalam letters from
Malayalam-typed-in-English text, or
(ii) Software that supports Malayalam keyboards (the usual keyboard in which the keys are interpreted differently).
All contributors to Malayalam Wikipedia use Varamozhi at the time of writing this (May, 2003). Varamozhi doesn't have direct support for Unicode. You need to choose some non-Unicode font which Varamozhi supports for displaying the Malayalam letters in Varamozhi. Malayalam text from Varamozhi's window must not be cut and paste into Wikipedia's edit window since this is not in Unicode. Note that the Thoolika font option in Varamozhi refers to a non-Unicode font of the same name. You have to use the "export to UTF8" feature in Varamozhi which will open up a browser showing the material encoded in Unicode. This should be cut-and-paste into Wikipedia's edit box and appropriate edits done. You are strongly recommended to use the Sandbox page to get some practice in adding and manipulating material before editing real articles.
Note that "export to UTF8" crashes in Win95/98 with older versions of Varamozhi. This bug has now been fixed. Some other bugs which produced incorrect Unicode have also been fixed very recently. So it is highly recommended that you grab the latest version of Varamozhi from http://varamozhi.sourceforge.net before you start using it for contributing to Wikipedia.
A few points to remember when adding material:
- Do register and always remember to login before adding material.
- Please try to add the Unicode encoded text produced by Varamozhi without trying to correct the apparent "spelling mistakes". Most of these "mistakes" are due to problems with the font and script processor which we hope will be fixed in the near future.
- If you use Varamozhi, try to post the English text you used to produce the Malayalam text in the "Discuss this page" page for the corresponding article. See for eg., this discussion page for the articleമഹാത്മാഗാന്ധി. This is a temporary measure for easily correcting some potential mistakes in Unicode encoding produced by Varamozhi till Varamozhi and Unicode support become bug free.