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March 8, 2007

Blogger Adds Transliteration for Hindi

Blogger has a new feature that may be helpful if you write your posts in Hindi.

"Blogger offers an automatic transliteration option for converting Roman characters to the Devanagari characters used in Hindi. This lets you type Hindi words phonetically in English script and still have them appear in their correct alphabet. Note that this is not the same as translation -- it is the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to other, not their meaning."

You just have to go to settings in one of your blogs and enable "Show transliteration for each post". In compose mode, Blogger will automatically convert Roman characters to the Devanagari characters while you type.

Hindi is spoken by almost 800 million people (according to Wikipedia), mostly in India.

{ Thank you, Krish. }


  1. This is a great one. Will other languages be added :). Nice one, Google makes it so easy for us.

  2. the transliteration shown above is wrong. In fact, its pretty far off the mark..

  3. The transliteration shown above may be wrong but thats obvious, because Hindi is a far more complex language than English. All English words cannot be translated into Hindi this way.

  4. My mistake. So what's the correct phrase?

  5. Firefox has problems with rendering of complex scripts like devanagari (hindi), Thai etc. Firefox 3.0 (now in alpha) will solve this issue.
    But for now, having the screenshot in IE will look good :)
    --jughead, bangalore

  6. :) :) :)
    it sounds good, let me have a try

  7. it works pretty flawlessly.
    i would love to see this implemented in gtalk.

  8. this is fantastic - infact i just tested it yesterday - when does it come for docs and spreadsheets ???? :D

    -- open-mindset

  9. That's a great initiative by google. It works nicely, I have used more than 20 fonts and services for hindi transliteration, but this one worked best. It'll be better if the transliteration option can be enabled for hindi blogs and for hindi speaking people and communities on orkut. A great step forward for extending internet penetration among 800 million indians.

  10. Its pretty easy and seems flawless. Thanks Google!

  11. can we have use this technique on gtalk as well...if

  12. well i say that this feature has been thr for use since a very long time.
    try using this site:
    its great.using this site u can conveniently do
    hindi language typing
    search using hindi keywords and it's applcation (lyrics search etc.)
    put a hindi search feature on ur own blog/website using

  13. This is really great. Now I can express my views in my own language also...
    its's really great one

  14. No doubt this feature will help a lot of people.