KANNADA has got the reputation of being one of the oldest yet surviving languages of the world. In spite of being having an unbroken and a rich legacy of literary history of more than fifteen hundred years, the efforts of developing Kannada as a computer language were initiated just about twenty years back. Karnataka established its first software technology park in 1991 at Whitefield near Bengaluru in a technical collaboration with the Singapore government. It also became the first state to announce a policy on Information Technology. The usable versions of Kannada fonts and software are in vogue since 12-13 years or so.
The Government of Karnataka, Kannada Abhivriddhi Pradhikara, Kannada Ganaka Parishat and some of the IT workers having concern for Kannada have collectively strived hard in bringing out a number of user friendly Kannada fonts and software. Some of the important Kannada fonts and software are Nudi, Baraha, Ileap, Srilipi, Akriti, Kairali, Prakashak, Brahmi, Kuvempu, Kannada Kacheri, Kannada Saurabha, Kalitha etc. Apart from these Shabdaratna, Ka Baraha, Leaplight, Leap Office are the Kannada related software that are in use.
Srilipi package has multilingual and multi level applications. There are 68 Kannada modular fonts and 66 ITR fonts in this package. It can be used with 5 to 10 different keyboard layouts for at least 18 different Indian languages and also in languages having an easy interface with English. It has 320 fonts and 296 additional ITR fonts that can be used for Marathi, Sanskrit and Hindi languages. Leap Office shares a lot of similarities with the Srilipi package.
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