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#1 Nitesh


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Posted 11 March 2003 - 09:15 PM

I found this information very interesting.

Following information are copied from this site.


Please, participate in this campaign and give your feed backs to make the new modified keyboard as easy as possible. The positioning of key should be the center of discussion. The typing should easier. Following points should be considered in this discussions.

1. Accessibility of individual key strokes.
2. Fastest typing of mostly used words.
3. Half characters are not directly available in this unicode environment. Thus, "khutta tanne" is the main bridge to all half characters, thus, almost every word requires to press the SHIFT key at least once and this "khutta tanne" key also requires to be pressed. Therefore, I have proposed it to be placed under LEFT Hand's Majhi Aula (Middle Finger), and I wanted to put it under "aakar" i.e. Ba-ka-ma-aakar--na, but, most of the nepali words have "half na" thus, pressing khutta tanne key just on pointer finger is wasting a lot of time, and over stressing the pointer finger. So, when the pointer finger presses "na", the Middle Finger presses "khutta tanne" character to mean its going to half "na" and as we know then, usually comes "CHHA", and the Sahili (4th Finger) aula can press "chha" without releasing the right hand side SHIFT key. I tried it several time by pressing na shift-"khutta tanne" shift-chha, I found it a very smooth transfer.


Edited by Nitesh, 11 March 2003 - 09:16 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2003 - 07:30 AM

Nitesh ji,

At first, very warm welcome to WNSO.

This very useful link, thanks a lot for this information. Appreciated as well. Somewhen we can minimise the half characters to use 'Khutta tanne' tarika biggrin.gif It's ok, no problem. Now I am using the keys for half characters like this way....If you want to type half 'na' then you can press 'n' and bar '_'. In this way, you can type half characters as per your necessaries. The Nepali key board link which you have providing here, is seems really cool and easy to use. And I fully hope, you will make it more easy in the days ahead. Once again, thank you for this valuable information.
best regards,

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#3 jhilke


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Posted 12 March 2003 - 11:39 AM

Are we talking about changes in the layout of normal keyboard to Nepali keyboard layout or buying a new Nepali keyboard?

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Posted 12 March 2003 - 01:13 PM

Jhilke Ji,

Je bhaye pani, nepali is nepali hoina ra? wink.gif
Ani tyo keyboard sajilo jasto pani lagchha ni, ki kaso....

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Posted 12 March 2003 - 01:52 PM

Thanks ayesha ji for warm welcome.

Actually i am not behind this project, but trying to get in touch. And i pasted this link thinking that other will also find it helpful.

Jhilke ji,

we are talking about changing the layout of normal keyboard to nepali keyboard based on which keys are most used frequently, which key are important etc.

yeah, B.N, that keyboard looks easy and cool.


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Posted 15 March 2003 - 01:34 PM

Seems easy to me too. Thanks Nitesh ji for this information, I too found that it is an interesting. Indeed, ofcourse, we need more Nepali easy tools in the abroad.
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 04:56 AM

Hi! I was very surprised to see that Nitesh brought this topic to
public attention and I never noticed it. When I googled
"saral nepali keyboard", the keyboard I every designed
for the unicode typing considering various factors, I was
excited to find this link here at WNSO.org. Thanks to

The version 4 of the Saral Nepali Keyboard has already
been implemented in GyaNeX online typing software.
You can see it at http://www.iGya.com/
In this new version there were several updates made
to release the special characters. Despite effort I
could not release { [ }] ; ' " characters. But,
others are now released and you can type
without getting interfered by nepali keyboard. The
"&" also was released and it becomes OM only
when it is a lone character, because Om never
comes with other characters in Sanskrit characters,
so you can use & to create special characters.

By release forward slash and backward slashes
we can create escape sequence and write a function
that handles escape characters as you type.

There are some reshuffling of the position of characters
after my personal experience with the earlier positions.

What is good with Saral Nepali Keyboard is that you
don't have to remember each barah khari' position.
I tried to make as minimum as and very similar to
Remington keyboard. Well, when I was in grade 8
at Chitwan Highschool, I learned typing and history
of typewriters. I somewhat realized that we needed
some easier way of typing Nepali in unicode. Thus,
you can find an online software, named "GyaNeX",
and I was dumb enough not being able to find
some genious new name and ended up using my
own name, apology for that, especially with those
who are annoyed by such intrusion of personal name
in a noble project.... K garne!

Well, if you want to read articles that are based on preeti or
most of the nepali TTF fonts, I have also presented
a solution at http://www.iGya.com/preeti/
You can just copy and past the preeti or other nepali
fonts and click the buttons, you will find unicode Nepali.
So, you can convert your old preeti font based documents
into unicode nepali. Not only that you can also read newspapers
or other articles written in preeti, using your university's
computer where you are not permitted to install preeti fonts.
What you do is just go to your website, e.g. NepaliPost.com
and copy the unreadable characters (because of lack of
appropriate fonts), paste them into my http://www.iGya.com/preeti/
online converter webpage. You are done. You can read it.
Thats what many people complained and I came up with
this simple solution. Now, you don't need to worry about
whether the computer you want to use has preeti font or
not. Forget about preeti or other TTF based font. You life
is much easier without preeti fonts. Well, if you are
still addicted to preeti font based keyboard, don't worry,
you can type in preeti font based keyboard and convert
to unicode nepali using these online softwares.

Good Luck. If someone finds this posting as if advertisement,
I apologize. I just wanted to give inside story on this thread.


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