Re: [indic] Re: Lack of Complex script rendering support on Android

From: Mahesh T. Pai <>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:37:23 +0530

Ed Trager said on Mon, Nov 07, 2011 at 11:11:19AM -0500,:
> Not just if you buy a phone in India. In this modern world, there are plenty of
> students and immigrants all over the world who might enjoy communicating with
> their friends and families in their native languages.
> So I would say, if anyone buys *any* Android phone *anywhere* in the world,
> it should just automatically support complex text rendering for all
> Indic and Indic-derived
> scripts ...

Arrey Bhai!!!

Aap samjah karo; hum hindustani log pura Indic bhasha ASCII mein likha
hai. Humko Unicode ya UTF-8 mumbu jumbo nahin chahiye. Sirf ek bhasha;
sirf ek keyboard lay out - ASCII.

(translation - ASCII is enough for us Indians to communicate in any
Indic language - only one Keyboard, only one language)

/just venting my frustration at all those device makers, and I am not
 very fluent in HI.

And the second paragraph you quoted above - those are almost exact
words I used in one of my comments on one issue over at Android's
issue tracker site.

> I wonder if perhaps India needs to legislate script support on
> computing devices and cell phones?

May help.

OTOH, when I got my last nokia phone, the sales lady simply handed it
over it to me, after fiddling with it for some time. After I got out
of the shop, realised that the GUI was in some other language (either
MR or GJ). It was an XpressMusic series phone. She apparently could
not come out of the unfamiliar script. I finally looked up the user
manual (one of those rare events in my life when I read a user manual
before using a product), and followed the logos to come out. The X2
too has the same problem. Otherwise, both were very good phones. But
ML renering was very poor.

To be fair, when I flash one of the EU firmwares on my Android device,
it boots up into Russian. I tried the Asian firmwares, only once - and
it booted up into Chinese/ Korean / Japanese / one of those East Asian
languages!!! ;-D

Mahesh T. Pai   ||
End Users are just friends who haven't submitted a patch yet.
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