BarahaIME Editor


BarahaIME in MS Word

Baraha Input Method Editor (previously called BarahaDirect) can be used to type Indian language text in applications such as MS Office, PageMaker, Internet Explorer, and other applications,. When BarahaIME editor is started, it shows as an icon in the system tray at the bottom-right portion of the screen.



BarahaIME icon in the system tray - Windows XP



BarahaIME icon in the system tray - Windows 7

System requirements: BarahaIME runs on Windows 95/98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you use BarahaIME for typing Unicode text, your PC should meet the Unicode requirements.

See: Using BarahaIME in MS Office

Menu commands:

Menu commands can be accessed by clicking on the system tray icon  OR  by pressing the F12 key.

Unicode/ANSI:
Normally, you should select Unicode encoding and type Unicode text, which is supported by most of the modern applications. Unicode text uses Unicode fonts such as Tunga (Kannada), Mangal (Devanagari), Latha (Tamil), Gautami (Telugu), Shruti (Gujarati), Raavi (Gurumukhi), Kartika (Malayalam), Vrinda (Bengali), Kalinga (Oriya). If you want to use ANSI fonts such as BRH Kannada, BRH Devanagari, BRH Telugu, ... select ANSI encoding. See: Unicode vs ANSI

Language:
Select the language. You should select appropriate fonts based on the selected language.

Keyboard:
Select the keyboard. Phonetic Keyboard, Brhkbd Keyboard, Inscript Keyboard.

Sort:
Provides various sorting options. See: Sorting text

Convert to:
Provides various conversion options. See: Converting text

Editing text:

After starting BarahaIME, when you switch to an application such as MS Word, the application will have system default (English) keyboard. You have to select Indian language to activate Indian language keyboard.

To type Indian language text:

To type English text:

Converting text:

Converion commands allow you to convert Indian language text from one script to another AND/OR from one data encoding to another.

The conversion operation consists of 3 simple steps.

Step 1: In MS Word, select the Indian language text you want to convert and copy it by clicking Edit | Copy menu command.

Step 2: In BarahaIME menu, select Convert To --> ... command. (hot key: F10)

Step 3: In MS Word, paste the text by clicking Edit | Paste menu command.

See: ISO 15919, Ellara Kannada

Sorting text:

Sorting commands allow you to sort Indian language text in the correct alphabetical order specific to the language.

The sorting operation consists of 3 simple steps.

Step 1: In MS Word, select the Indian language text you want to sort and copy it by clicking Edit | Copy menu command.

Step 2: In BarahaIME menu, select Sort --> ... command. (hot key: F9)

Step 3: In MS Word, paste the text by clicking Edit | Paste menu command.

Notes:

If you are using ANSI encoding in MS Office applications, then you SHOULD NOT use any of the AutoCorrect options. These options automatically change the characters as you type, to correct them, which is good only for the English language. Click Tools | AutoCorrect menu command in MS Word/Excel to go to AutoCorrect options dialog box and DISABLE all the AutoCorrect options.

Some of the AutoCorrect options to be disabled are given below. But, it is better if you disable all other options also.

Disable the Check spelling as you type option in the Tools | Options | Spelling & Grammar dialog box. This will avoid the red underline for the Kannada words.