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Unicode Technical Note #18

taM to unicode conversion

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Authors P.Chellappan (chellappan@vsnl.com)
Date 23 September 2004
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TAM is the official monolingual Tamil encoding scheme of the Government of Tamilnadu, which has the largest Tamil speaking population in the world. A vast amount of Tamil textual information in digital libraries, online newspapers, magazines etc., is available today in this encoding scheme. As Unicode is fast becoming the encoding by choice, there is a need for conversion from TAM encoded text to Unicode.

TAM is a glyph encoding scheme, while Unicode is a character encoding scheme. Hence there exists a one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one or many-to-many relationship between the Tamil alphabets in TAM and those in Unicode.

This note is split into two parts. The first part describes, in a simple C like pseudo code, how to determine the string sequence in TAM that goes to make a Tamil alphabet. The second part provides a cross mapping table to convert this sequence into the corresponding Unicode string sequence.


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The body of this note is contained in the file "tam_to_unicode.pdf".