MOSS Award for Indic Keyboard, Malayalam Support in LyX, NER using mlmorph and More: SMC Monthly Updates Mar 2019
MOSS Award for Indic Keyboard
Indic Keyboard - Free/libre, privacy aware keyboard for android devices which supports 23 Indic family of languages and 57 layouts - has been awarded the prestigious Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) award.
“Traditionally, free and open source projects are characterised by a slow development process, driven by passionate engineers. Awards such as this will enable the developer to dedicate more time for the project,”
says Anivar Aravind, Executive Director of Indic Project at SMC.
Indic Keyboard's creator-maintainer Jishnu Mohan will utilize the award for future developments of the project.
Enthusiasts were welcomed to join beta channel and discussion group.
Malayalam Support in Lyx
LyX, a popular graphical front end for LaTeX, now supports the Malayalam language. By next release onwards, LyX will be having native support for Malayalam. Malayalam support patch was developed by Joice Joseph with inputs from Akshay S. Dinesh. They have authored jointly a dedicated "how-to" tutorial including installation instructions.
Malayalam Morphological Analyser Updates
Malayalam Named Entity Recognition
Named Entity Recognition (NER) - One of the most sought applications of the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) is now available for Malayalam texts. Santhosh Thottingal, who designed NER based on mlmorph library, has published a detailed note on the same.
LibreOffice Spell Checker
Santhosh Thottingal's efforts on making a fully functional spell checker for Malayalam continues. First private beta of Malayalam spell checker based on the mlmorph library is released for LibreOffice. Bugs and feature requests are requested to report on project repository. Installation can be carried out by following detailed installation guide.
Gayathri 1.100 Released
Version 1.100 of the latest Malayalam font from SMC, Gayathri released. Developed by Binoy Dominic and Kavya Manohar, the project was coordinated by Santhosh thottingal. Gayathri can be downloaded from fonts portfolio.
Meera font updated with a major bug fix.
Meera version 7.0.2 released. The font had a serious bug with
samvrithokaram rules specific to Adobe InDesign. It misplaces
dot reph to previous consonant/conjunct. Rajeesh KV have fixed the issue and wrote a detailed note as well.