Indian script computing info.
ucgadkw at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Dec 15 09:24:49 EST 1993
The following collection of information appeared in comp.fonts today,
and I thought INDOLO-GISTS might be interested:
>From comp.fonts Wed Dec 15 14:10:13 1993
From: oracle at wl.aecl.ca
Subject: Information on GIST Writing System For Indic Languages
Organization: MIT PLASMA FUSION CENTER
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1993 15:03:45 GMT
I have seen several queries regarding Indian Language Fonts and
Script systems on the Net. Being myself interested in this topic, and led
by Mr. Abhijit Datta's message that such "Professional Quality" software
is avaialable from The Government of India sponsered Research Institute
named C-DAC, I have contacted them to obtain details. They have provided
the following information about their software and hardware products which
I am putting on the net with their permission for the benefit of other people.
Below is the communication of their permission, which also gives contact
address if you want to obtain their products. (PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE NO
CONTACTS OR INTEREST IN C-DAC and I am putting this information on the net
for "purely" information sake. - K.Desikachary)
Dear Mr. Krishna Desikachary,
Thanks for your keen interest in Gist-products. It will be
really nice, if you put the provided information on the internet, so
that interested people can contact us directly. Give the contact
email address as follows :
Ms. Mita Karajagi,
email: mita at parcom.ernet.in
Once again thanks for the nice gesture. Kindly let me know
if you require any other information.
===== INFORMATION ABOUT GIST SET OF PRODUCTS =====
The synopsis of the products offered are given below:
GIST CARD - Is a plug-in card for IBM PC, which allows existing character
oriented software packages to be used along with any of the Indian, Perso-
Arabic, Thai, Tibetan, Sinhalese or European scripts.
GIST TERMINAL - Is compatible to VT 100/200/300, and allows the GIST
Scripts to be used along with the existing software on multi-user computers,
with operating systems such as UNIX/XENIX.
ROBUST PC-AT : is a 386/486 PC with a VGA monochrome monitor. It has
been designed for working in extreme environments, and has an Internal
maintenance-free battery which would power the unit for three hours.
GIST PRINTER SPOOLER : It receives characters through a serial or parallel
port, and prints them using the graphics-mode of a dot-matrix printer. It off
loads the host computer from script printing burden.
CGIST AND PAL OVERLAY CARDS - CGIST card i a plug-in card for IBM-PCs
which generates a high resolution PAL display for TV monitors. The PAL
overlay card allows the display generated by the CGIST card to be overlayed
on an external video.
APEX LANGUAGE PROCESSOR (ALP) - Allows typing of all the Indian scripts
through the common INSCRIPT keyboard overlay.It has Word Star compati-
bility commands, and provides WYSIWYG printouts on dot-matrix and Laser
APEX LANGUAGE PROCESSOR STARTUP (ALPS) - It is identical to ALP,
except it does not allow edited files to be saved and does not support spell-
checking facility. It contains all the scripts, making it possible to
browse through a text file prepared through ALP and even print it.
ISFOC SCRIPT MANAGER (ISM) - Allows Indian scripts to be typed using the
INSCRIPT keyboard, within any package running under MS-WINDOWS. A
variety of type-faces are available for each script, along their matching
TRANSNAME - Allows conversion of a database containing names in English
to its equivalent in any of the Indian scripts. It consults a comprehensive
list of English/Indian script names for achieving this.
CAPTION EDITOR - Allows creation of color caption for video display, which
integrate Indian scripts and Graphics. A variety of font sizes and styles
LANGUAGE ENVIRONMENT INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER (LEAP) - It is a
complete desk top publishing package tightly integrated with ISM allowing
the usage of all Indian script. All the ISFOC fonts available with ISM
have also been incorporated into it.
VIDEO WORKS SYSTEMS
LIPS RECEIVER - When connected between a VCR and a TV,allows a user to
select the language subtitles available on the tape. The subtitles are recorded
in a manner that they are not normally visible.
LIPS CREATION STATION -Based on the Robust PC-At. It allows interactive
creation of subtitles for a video, using a normal VCR and a TV. Different
languages, subtitles floppies can be later merged to make a LIPS subtitled
CAPTION STATION - Allows creation of captions for video, in several lan-
guages, with a WordStar compatible interface. Captions are displayed using
high -resolution fonts, in several type-faces and type-styles.
Please find below a pointwise reply to your questionaire :
1. For working in Indian languages on a 486 based PC running Microsoft
Window 3.1 you could use ISM package.
2. It supports postscript printers.
3. The entire HPLJ series is supported.
4. ISM supports all Indian Languages.
5. The pricing structure for ISM is given below.
ISM & ALP Single Script package $ 445
(For any one Indian script,
Roman and ALP for Roman
and the selected script)
ISM & ALP Multi Script package $ 860
(For any two Indian Scripts,
Roman and ALP for Roman and
the selected Indian scripts)
ISM Add-on Script package $ 75
(For any one Indian script)
Lan Version and Site-Lock options are also available.
6. You could procure them from our distributors in U.K. The address is given
below. You can get in touch with us for the procurement as well. Please
send a demand draft payable to CDAC along with the order.
LINGUA LANGUAGE SERVICES
63rd Woodhead Road, Holmfirth
HUDDERSFIELD HD7 1PR;
Trust you find the above in order. For further details please get in touch with
(Note from KD. Although you can get these products from UK, C-DAC prefers
that you contact it first, if I interpret Ms. Karajagi's message correctly.)
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