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Oriya portal offers local language computing
New Delhi | December 27, 2006 11:15:06 AM IST
 
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Orissa's first and only Oriya news portal is offering its readers a beta version of a feature that will enable them to search and mail in the local language.

The portal, www.odisha.com, has brought technology called 'KeyTrans' in an arrangement with Tensor Technologies Pvt Ltd, a New Delhi-based company that has developed it, portal head Jatindra Dash said.

"The current beta version of the services the portal offers include search facility and mailing in Oriya and Hindi. More to come are online blogging, chatting and many more cool stuffs," he said.

Formed as a Technology Business Incubation unit under the aegis of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FIIT), Tensor Technologies Pvt Ltd has formed T6 Labs, an R&D lab, which is into higher order tensor analysis to solve a variety of industry-related problems.

KeyTrans that it developed has the capability to learn to transliterate all kinds of languages, Chandra Shekhar of Tensor Technologies said.

Users with a mother tongue other those employing Roman keyboards find it difficult to communicate through computers. An attempt is made in this project to phonetically transliterate the words typed using roman keyboard to come close to words in the native language, he said.

KeyTrans learns the rule of phonetic transliteration from a dictionary in an automated fashion. Therefore, it has the capability to learn to transliterate all kinds of languages.

It has the ability to transliterate even foreign words that are found in most languages. It also has and 'auto correct' feature that removes typos for fast input as required in some applications like online chat.

"There are a few portals that provide transliteration facilities on net. But we are ahead in terms of user convenience and the exhaustive dictionary we have got," Shekhar said.

The facilities are currently available with the languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent, Russia, the Middle East and South East Asia.

"We introduced this technology in our portal so that more and more Oriya people test it and evaluate its performances," Dash said.

(IANS)

 

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