Re: Help with writing Sanskrit on Windows 10, macOS and Linux

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Ambarish Sridharanarayanan

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Dec 1, 2021, 10:39:34 PM12/1/21
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I just saw your post on Reddit. Like a couple of comments there, I can recommend Lipika on Macs, for both Devanagari and Grantha (I have contributed support for Grantha to Lipika).

On Wed, 1 Dec, 2021, 19:35 Hrishikesh Murukkathampoondi, <hri...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello

I am currently using the Sanskrit Devnagari-QWERTY keyboard in Windows and Mac. On Linux (Mint) I use Sanskrit (KaGaPa) Phonetic Keyboard

In all three there seems to be no key combination for some Sanskrit letters. For example मातृः - I am trying to write the second vibhakti bahuvachan of मातृ shabda, But the long ru is not present in these keyboards.

I would like to be able to write all Sanskrit characters including Vedic Sanskrit. I was advised on an online forum to switch to ITRANS.

However that does not seem to be supported anymore - https://www.aczoom.com/itrans/

Could the knowledgeable people in r/Sanskrit help me

I would like to type in Sanskrit (including Vedic Sanskrit) on Win 10, macOS and Linux Mint. Is there one software with versions for all three that can be used for this purpose?

It would be ideal if the solution has a phonetic (Devnagari-QWERTY like) keyboard. Since I am now used to it and can type faster.

I am interested in Devnagari only (Grantha would be a bonus)

I would like to be able to type into any text field or document editor (Word, Pages, Libre etc) and not be restricted to the Sanskrit application's window

Thank you

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Shreevatsa R

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Dec 2, 2021, 1:58:15 AM12/2/21
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Regarding Devanagari-QWERTY on macOS (which I've never seriously used): according to this thread, if you hold down R (shift-r) for a long time (1 second or so), you can choose to type the long ṝ mātrā. But when I try it, I get मातृॄन् which contains both vowel signs consecutively.

I've once used SIL's Ukulele to create my own keyboard layout on macOS; if it still works (last I tried was many years ago) then it would be a convenient solution.

(There's probably something easier and universal: I'm sure others here know more about input methods; I only vaguely remember names like ibus and uim; just replying to share what little I know.)

Shreevatsa R

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Dec 2, 2021, 2:04:54 AM12/2/21
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On Wed, 1 Dec 2021 at 22:57, Shreevatsa R <shree...@gmail.com> wrote:
Regarding Devanagari-QWERTY on macOS (which I've never seriously used): according to this thread, if you hold down R (shift-r) for a long time (1 second or so), you can choose to type the long ṝ mātrā. But when I try it, I get मातृॄन् which contains both vowel signs consecutively.

Instead, holding option-r (that's alt-r if you have a non-mac keyboard) gave the correct मातॄन्‌ — that was typed in Devanagari-QWERTY layout as: m, a, t, option-r (hold), 2 (to select), n, f, f  [Not sure about the last part; I've never used Devanagari-QWERTY so I don't know if this is the standard way to get a trailing virama/halant: it seems to insert a ZWNJ?]

kenp

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Dec 3, 2021, 12:02:48 AM12/3/21
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Amba ji,
This keyboard allows one to type anywhere on the web in upper or lower cases.

Or You may type here Devanagari  in ITRANS mode and convert to GRANTHA  >>>>http://aksharamukha.appspot.com/converter

a A i I u U R^i R^I L^i L^I e ai o au e.c A.c aH am an
aM AM iM IM uM UM eM aiM oM auM oM a.N A.N i.N I.N u.N U.N e.N   ................ ITRANS KEYSTROKES
अ आ इ ई उ ऊ ऋ ॠ ऌ ॡ ए ऐ ओ औ ऍ ऑ अः अम्‌ अन्‌
अं आं इं ईं उं ऊं एं ऐं ओं औं ॐ अँ आँ इँ ईँ उँ ऊँ एँ
Thanks,
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Prasanna Venkatesh

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Dec 3, 2021, 3:04:23 AM12/3/21
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Regarding Sanskrit (KaGaPa Phonetic) Keyboard in Linux, SHIFT+F will give long ṝ (  ॄ )
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