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Common Questions & Answers

Why do I see garbage characters instead of Sanskrit text?
Your computer may not have a Sanskrit font installed in it. Sanskrit texts will be displayed properly after installing any of the different Sanskrit fonts.

Why do I see garbage characters even if font is installed?
This can happen if your internet browser is not able to detect the correct font encoding. Try setting the browser's text encoding to UTF-8 or UNICODE.

  • In Internet Explorer it can be done by selecting "View -> Encoding -> Unicode (UTF-8)" menu option.
  • In Opera it can be done by selecting "View -> Encoding -> Unicode -> UTF-8" menu option.

How do I verify if Sanskrit text is displayed correctly on my computer?
Refer the following table. If the letter shown under 'On Your Computer' is matching the picture under 'Correct Rendering' then Sanskrit text is being correctly rendered on your computer.

 Correct RenderingIncorrect RenderingOn Your Computer











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What is UTF-8 encoding?
UTF-8 is an UNICODE standard of rendering and displaying characters. UTF-8 can display all fonts including Sanskrit.

Where to get different Sanskrit fonts?
Many Sanskrit fonts are available for download, from different sources. Check the font installation' section above to get a list. Also many authoring tools come with built-in UNICODE fonts.

What is ITRANS encoding?
ITRANS is a schema of inputting Sanskrit (and other Indian language) text into a computer. A traditional computer has a Keyboard that supports only English letters to be input. It is not possible to directly input Sanskrit characters through them. So, many Sanskrit authoring software use ITRANS schema to input Sanskrit characters using a traditional keyboard. ITRANS is nothing but a set combination of English keystrokes that translate into a specific Sanskrit alphabet.

How do I type in Sanskrit text?
Sanskrit texts can be typed in using Sanskrit authoring tools. It will not be possible to directly input Sanskrit text using a standard keyboard. You can use our Sanskrit Editor page. In this you can enter ITRANS text input and get Devanagari script generated. The generated text can be copied+pasted into emails, notes etc. Alternatively you can use any of the Sanskrit authoring software available.

What are the different Sanskrit authoring tools available?
Many such authoring tools are available either free or for purchase. Few to name are:


Can I use contents from this web site?
YES. Feel free to copy contents from our website and use. This will after all spread Sanskrit.

Can I use data from your web site to build my web site/application?
YES. You can either copy contents from our website and put in your website/application, or you can use our web service to get data from our data repository. Through web service your website/application will be able to gain access to our data repository over the Internet. Currently the Dictionary and Shlokas are available as web services.

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Sanskrit Font Installation Guide

To view text in Devnagari scripts you computer must have one of the Sanskrit rendering fonts installed in it. Any one of the following fonts can be downloaded and installed.



Steps to install Sanskrit font on a computer with Windows 2000/XP or above:

1. Download one of the Sanskrit fonts and store on your computer.
2. Open the Fonts folder by selecting "START -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Fonts".
3. Copy the downloaded font into the above opened folder.



Enabling "Internationalisation Support" On Windows 2000/XP or above:

Internet Explorer will render the Sanskrit fonts correctly, once above steps are followed. However, other browsers may not render the font correctly. For the browsers to render the font correctly, "Internationalisation Support" needs to be enabled.


Refer the following table to determine if "Internationalisation Support" has been enabled on your computer. If the letter shown under 'On Your Computer' is matching the rendering under 'Correct Rendering' then Sanskrit text is being correctly rendered on your computer. If the rendered text is not matching the correct rendering, then you need to enable "Internationalisation Support" with the steps mentioned below.



 Correct RenderingIncorrect RenderingOn Your Computer











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(1) START -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options.
(2) The "Regional and Language Options" form opens. Select "Languages" tab.
(3) Under "Supplemental language support", select the check box "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages".
(4) Click OK or Apply.
(5) Insert Windows CD-ROM (or alternate path) when prompted.
(6) Restart the computer after the files are installed.


Steps to install Sanskrit font on a computer with Windows 95/98:

1. Download one of the Sanskrit fonts and store on your computer.
2. Open the Fonts folder by selecting "START -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Fonts".
3. Click on "File -> Install New Font..." menu.
4. Search for the font file. The font will be installed automatically.

Also Visit: www.sanskritweb.net for more information on Sanskrit fonts.


ITRANS Transliteration Schema

The following table contains the ITRANS transliteration schema for your ready reference. Some of the Sanskrit alphabates can be written using more than one key combinations. However in the online dictionary only the first key combination has been used.

DevnagariITRANSDevnagariITRANSDevnagariITRANSDevnagariITRANSDevnagariITRANS
aaaiiiu
uu    URRi    R^iRRI    R^ILLie
aioauaMaH
kkhgghN^    ~N
ch    cchh    Ch    CjjhJN ~n
TThDDhN
tthddhn
pphbbhm
yrlv    wsh    S
Sh    shhshksh    kShdny    GY
OM    AUM.N.n    MH.a
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