Help & Tips - 2014 - 1: XML files of Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus)

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Viswanathan (a z h a g i . c o m)

Mar 28, 2014, 12:50:20 PM3/28/14
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Sub: Help & Tips - 2014 - 1: XML files of Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus)
Dear all,
As and when your time and interest permits, kindly read the "6 Steps and Note" (Help & Tips, as such) given below in this message, after the 'Screenshots' and 'Related pages' sections. They will be of great help to yourself and/or to others to whom you recommend Azhagi+.
Screenshots (related to the 'Help & Tips' below) at:
Related pages (web pages related to the 'Help & Tips' below):
- How to easily change the existing key mappings for any language (LFK, as such)?
- How to easily create your own new keyboard layout (LFK, as such) with your own mappings?
- What is an LFK (Language + Font encoding + Keyboard layout)?
- NonPhonetic keyboard layouts?
Step 1:
In Windows explorer, please navigate to the 'data' folder in the directory in which you have installed Azhagi+. For instance, "C:\MyFavoritePortableApps\Azhagi+\data" (OR) "C:\Program Files\Azhagi+\data", as is the case usually.
Step 2:
What do you see in the 'data' folder? A few files with extension 'xml'. Is it not? Each of these XML files holds the key mappings related to a particular LFK. For e.g. "Aplus-Devanagari-Unicode-PhoneticTransliteration.xml" (or) "Aplus-Tamil-Unicode-Tamilnet99.xml".
Step 3:
Try (left)clicking on any of the XML files. What happens? It gets opened in your browser and the contents of the file get displayed in the form of a tree. Is it not? It is nicer to view any of these XML files in 'Google Chrome' browser, in case you know how to do the same. The display looks elegant (it is my personal opinion, anyway) in 'Google Chrome'. Nothing else. Please see the screenshots here for better understanding.
Step 4:
Just click on the various nodes of the tree and you can see the tree contracting/expanding#, as the case may be.
(#) It is just like viewing files in Windows explorer wherein you can expand/contract the tree on the left pane by clicking the 'plus' or 'minus' sign.
Step 5:
If you just have a quick look at the entire tree from top to bottom, you can realise how the various mappings are classified under various heads like 'Vowels', 'Consonants', 'ConsonantVowelCombinations', etc. for easy viewing and understanding of the mappings.
Step 6:
Now, the best thing about these mappings is that you can very easily# change them, not directly from the browser but by opening the files in 'NOTEPAD' instead. How to do the same? I will explain in simple steps in my next tutorial (as and when it gets ready). Meanwhile, if you are curious, you can always visit and read the steps therein.
[#] changing (i.e. modifying/adding/deleting) the mappings is as simple as editing the contents of any normal text file/document, which is what you almost always do with Azhagi+.
You can view all the available xml files in the 'data' directory of Azhagi+ in a much easier manner (i.e. even without availing your browser), from within the help topics of Azhagi+ itself. To do the same:
  • Click on 'Help->Contents' menu item in the opening screen of Azhagi+.
  • The help topics of Azhagi+ will get displayed. Therein, on the left pane, if you expand "Key Mappings (PhoneticTransliteration Mode)", you  can see a list of languages displayed under it. Click on any language [except# 'Tamil']. For instance, click on 'Telugu'. 
  • In the page which gets displayed on the right pane, under "Full listing" section, you can click on the 'Click here' link to see the 'Aplus-Telugu+Unicode+PhoneticTransliteration.xml' file getting displayed in full (embedded within the right pane itself). Please see the corresponding screenshots here for better understanding.
  • You can click on other languages on the left pane and employ similar instructions as said above to view the corresponding XML file getting displayed in full (in the right pane).
  • (#) Tip: On the left pane, expand "Key Mappings (NonPhonetic Mode)", click on 'Tamil - Unicode - TamilNet99' and thereafter employ similar instructions as said above to see the 'Aplus-Tamil-Unicode-Tamilnet99.xml' file getting displayed in full (in the right pane).     
with prayers & regards - viswanathan,

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