Dear Brother Vikram,
Thanks for your compliments.
To answer your doubt:
(1) If you are using Windows Vista, you don't need to enable any Unicode settings anywhere. You can straightaway start typing in Unicode (in Tamil, Hindi, etc.) in ALL applications - like Notepad, MS-Word, MS-Powerpoint, etc. [ For those of you who are not aware yet, one can transliterate in Hindi (in beta stage - Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, etc.) in ALL applications, using the latest version of Azhagi (which is 6.1.1, as of now) released on 19th July 2009. For details on multi-lingual transliteration, please visit http://azhagi.com/multi.html | For downloading the latest 'Azhagi', visit www.azhagi.com as usual ]
(2) If you are using WinXP (Win2K, Win2003), then you have to enable Unicode fully if your need is to type in Unicode Tamil in certain specific applications - like Notepad, MS-Word and MS-Powerpoint.
(3) Enabling Unicode fully in your system is a very easy task only, which can be accomplished within a very few minutes. Please visit http://azhagi.com/uniset.html to find methods suggested therein to enable unicode fully. Please follow the method which is convenient for you.
(4) Even after enabling Unicode fully, if your need is to specifically type in Unicode Tamil in MS-Word or MS-Powerpoint, you need to know certain additional one-time information. The same is available at http://azhagi.com/uniset.html#wordpp
(5) Please note that even without enabling Unicode fully in Windows XP, one can type freely in Unicode Tamil in very many applications, a list of which is as follows:
- Azhagi's Unicode Editor [For those of you who are not aware yet, to start Azhagi's Unicode editor, click on the 'Unicode Editor' button at the right top of Azhagi's opening window. You can also press 'F8' to start this editor. In this editor, apart from Tamil, you can transliterate in other Indian languages too: Hindi (in beta stage - Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, etc.)]
- Wordpad (For those who don't know, you can find 'Wordpad' here: 'Start->All Programs->Accessories)
- ALL 'Open Office' applications like Writer, Calc, etc. (version used for testing: 3.1.0)
- Outlook Express (version used for testing: 6.0)
- MS Outlook (version used for testing: Office 2002)
- MS Excel (version used for testing: Office 2002)
- MS Access (version used for testing: Office 2002)
- Internet Explorer (except in the address bar - i.e. the place where we type website addresses; version used for testing: 6.0)
- Firefox (version used for testing: 3.5.1)
- Google Chrome (version used for testing: 18.104.22.168)
- Skype (version used for testing: 22.214.171.124)
- GoogleTalk (version used for testing: 126.96.36.199)
- Windows Live Messenger (version used for testing: 8.1.0178)
(6) Yahoo Messenger (version used for testing: 188.8.131.521) does not support Unicode Tamil typing without enabling Unicode fully.
All the above points pertain to typing in Unicode Tamil only. Otherwise, using Azhagi, one can always type in non-unicode Tamil (i.e. in Tscii fonts like SaiIndira) in ANY application (including MS-Word, Notepad, etc.) at any time.
viswanathan, love all serve all, www.azhagi.com