One of the primary research of Dr.Senthil Babu focuses on Historical analyses of Vernacular mathematics and its implications with respect to memory and how it has influenced the economic aspect of the society until today. With a extensive ground exploration in the research, this project will act as a catalyst to further reinforce Tamil Native Glyph be supported in Unicode and help create manuscripts collected from various researchers.
In short this project, will help us learn the process of calligraphy, digitizing it, Glyph creation, Font design, Generation, Validation. We will be using Unicode space, and LaTeX for typesetting the manuscript to digitize it. Thus a diverse skill of font designing, typesetting, typography, font metrics, symbol creation, mapping diacrtics to modern notation and from tamil font to modern notation using python scripts. This explains that the project spans from relearning about Tamil language, while letting us challenge the problem with free software tools with programming skills.
* Skill = Tool + Practice + Patience + Perseverance + Innovative Critical Thinking
|0||Agreed Method||Workflow||Available Workflow|
|1||Font Drawing||Hand + Inkscape||Raster, Vector|
|3||Unicode address space hack||Fontforge||Font Space Hack|
|5||Typesetting - Doc to Spreadsheet(Calc) to TeX||LaTeX, Lyx, Kile, Latexila||Macro - odt to calc to tex|
|6||Mapping engish notation to Diacritic||Json + Python||Dictionary, Search & Replace|
|7||Mapping modern notation to tamil numerals||Json + Python (or) Manual||Representation|
|8||Expert/Researcher Review & Validation||Manual, Expert Knowledge||Expert Support|
|9||Font for GUI typesetting tools||Fontforge|
IF NECESSARY FEW HACKATHON SHALL BE ORGANIZED
|Kamal & Ganesh||Communication on both sides|
|Prasanna & Ragulkanth||Python Scripting|
|Maniraj, Ragulkanth, Kamal, Ganesh||Font Crafting, Font Design|
|Ganesh & Balaji||Typesetting, Manuscript digitization|
Creating a Project, Testing it with Users, and deploying it in the field requires suitable experience and risk taking courage to know whether the application/service are really useful. This requires knowing the target groups and their purpose; addressing challenges and Licenseing the production.
We will be using OFL after validating the font from researcher/expert reviews, critics, suggestions, ideas. The LaTeX document might serve as a template for further Typesetting Tamil documents - so the repo shall be released with GNU FDL or GPL.
Participating in the process of vernacular research, lets us understand how state, standards, people, trade, has influenced economy in our past, spanning several centuries. This project experience will help us typeset any Tamil documents as there is no more difficulty than creating a font and using it with diacritics and mapping notations to tamil form. We might create a platform where content writers can able to easily typeset for Tamil narrations, stories, novels, research articles, magazines, etc… With publishers being charging separately for such work, we shall be using open toolchains and resources and reciprocate the utilization by releasing the tool, resource under proper shareable and hack friendly licenses.