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Multilingual Editor for Linux
  The version of the Multilingual Editor running under Linux has now been completed. Much of the functionality of the MFC based editor has been retained in the Linux version. All the basic scripts are supported. The special version for Urdu (and other right to left scripts) has also been completed but there are a few loose ends to be tied.

  The version of the Editor for Linux runs under X11 and BDF fonts for all the scripts are included. It is possible that the freetype engine be used to render Truetype fonts under Linux but this has not been checked out. The Linux version of the editor was developed using the GTK tool kit and so the GTK library is required for running the editor. The current implementation has been tried only under RedHat 6.2 and RedHat 7.2.

Shown below is a screen shot of the editor running under Linux.

  Text prepared using the Editor may be processed by other software or utilities as indicated below.

   llf2html: To prepare web pages for direct display in html format. 

   llf2gif, llf2jpg, llf2pdf : programs to convert the text into appropriate formats to generate images or a file which may be read using the Acrobat reader. These utilities will be useful for setting up web pages containing text in Indian scripts. These utilities may be used to generate the required formats on the fly from a single copy of the .llf file.

  The above utilities are described in the page relating to Software Download.
They will be helpful for preparing web pages displaying text in Indian scripts.
Text prepared by the editor is retained in the .llf format to enable very efficient syllable level text processing. This web site also carries information on search engines which you can create for querying text in Indian language documents prepared using the editor.

Points to remember

 The multilingual editor is a text editor for Indian languages or scripts. The text is stored internally in format consistent with the syllabic writing system followed for Indian languages. The file created by the editor stores each syllable in two bytes. Utilities are available for converting this storage format into HTML, Images (gif, PNG and Jpeg), PDF etc.

The sorting utility provided by IITM will correctly maintain the lexical ordering prescribed for the aksharas.

System Requirements

Intel X86 based system running Linux (kernel 2.2.x or later).

X11 on a 1024x768 screen (800x600 may suffice)

Standard keyboard and mouse.

About 4 MB of disk space.

The package has been tested under RedHat Linux 6.2 and RedHat Linux 7.2. 

The package is made available as two tar gzipped file containing the ELF binary and support files. It is assumed that GTK library version 1.2 has been installed on the system. We have tested the editor only with the Linux versions supplied under RedHat Linux 6.2 and 7.2.

As on Sept. 2002, no help file specific to this version has been prepared. The help file included in the Win9x version will apply.
The package may still have some bugs. Basic functions such as data entry in different scripts, on line transliteration etc. may work properly. 


Installing the Editor

Download the following files to your system and save the same at some convenient place, say your home directory.


create a suitably named subdirectory in your home directory, say iitmeditor.

gunzip the first file and untar the contents into this newly created directory. The files in the support files archive will go into  /usr/local/share/  (This may require root privileges)

cd to the new directory (iitmeditor) and issue the commands

$   cd LLFonts
$  ./

This should allow the fonts for the editor to be included in the X11 fontpath.

You may now invoke the editor as

$ cd ..
$ ./iitmeditor

A window such as the one seen at left should come up. By default, the script used will be Devanagari (Sanskrit being the default language). Data entry may be effected directly.

The installation procedure is also available as a text file which you can download.

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