First Sinhala, Tamil computer keyboards launched
[November 10, 2004 - 10:00 GMT

Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka launched the first local language computer keyboards in a ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday in order to promote the use of ICT in Sinhala and Tamil.

The Sinhala language keyboard is based on the Wijesekera typewriter keyboard and the Tamil language keyboard is based on Tamil99 keyboard approved by Tamil Nadu state.

‘Our objective is for all Sri Lankans to be able to make full use of Information Technology, in the language of their choice’ an ICTA press release stated.

Although Information technology has been used for about 20 years in Sri Lanka, its use has been limited to those who are able to use English.

The ICTA plans to make these keyboards freely available, to promote Sinhala and Tamil computer applications and to popularise the purchase of tri-lingual keyboards in government institutes and similar bodies.

The Tri-lingual Keyboards were presented to Premier Mahinda Rajapakse, Science and Technology minister, Tissa Vitarane, Culture and National Heritage minister Vijitha Herath.

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: November 10, 2004 - 10:00 GMT 

 


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