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Email dated June 15th 2004 written by Acharya, prsar-dpar@karnataka.gov.in

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Email dated June 15th 2004 written by Acharya, prsar-dpar@karnataka.gov.in

Please read the Email dated June 15th 2004 written by Acharya, prsar-dpar@karnataka.gov.in

– RE: Kannada Software Development, GoK, eGovernance, Kannadigas, Karnataka – ekavi letter to Govt. of Karnataka on KSD.
You all need to evaluate on Kannada Software Development in Karnataka State.

What WRONG Govt. of Karnataka has done in development KANNADA LANGUAGE on COMPUTERS.

How KANNADA GANAKA PARISHAT an appointed body of Govt. of Karnataka has DIRECTED GoK in WRONG DIRECTIONS.
All DC’s of all DISTRICTS need to know that it is their responsibility to have DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION in KANNADA LANGUAGE.
Forwarded Message:
Subj:RE: Kannada Software Development, GoK, eGovernance, Kannadigas, Karnataka
Date:6/15/2004 10:24:01 PM Pacific Daylight Time
CC:secyegov-dpar@karnataka.gov.in, secyegov-dpar@karnataka.gov.in
Sent from the Internet (Details)
Dear Mr. Kumaraswamy,
Thank you for your detailed description of the problems being faced in the operation of NUDI and the use of Kannada software to carry on work by the Government. i must confess to great ignorance of software technologies and preparation. However, your communication is a good trarting point for some study into the items you have raised. i shall ask the Secretary E-Governance to examine as to what needs to be done on the points you have raised. i am marking a copy of this reply to him which sould help you to be in touch with the source that should be in a position to follow what you have pointed out.
—–Original Message—–
From: NovaMed@aol.com [mailto:NovaMed@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 7:59 PM
To: NovaMed@aol.com
Subject:Kannada Software Development, GoK, eGovernance, Kannadigas, Karnataka
Hello GoK PRSecretaries, Secretaries, DYSecretaries and others,
This is request from Kannadigas of Karnataka and all over the world. Kannada should be used in all Departments of GoK. Is this happenning ? Is Development work of Kannada Software heading in the right direction? This is a request fro all of you to look into. Here are some of the information provided for your file. PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS.
All GoK Departemnts should be using the same software and networking systems.
eGovernance of GoK needs to look into the Development of Kannada Software. This is not going properly. Even though Bangalore being IT Capital. 
Has eGovernance checked why Kannada Developers are not coming forward with new products?
NUDI Kannada Software is the property of GoK. Since it was funded by GoK.
GoK sponsored Nudi software must be made Open Source Software (OSS). NUDI should be made UNICODE compatible in all avenues. Not in one item as it is now. GoK need to do this immedately without wasting any time.
WHY eGovernance has not recomended NUDI Software to be Open Source Software (OSS) ? This helps all Kannadigas to develop further the Kannada Software, SO THAT GoK can have better programs for a smooth networking of all Departments of GoK.
DOES eGovernance know problems with NUDI SOFTWARE? Some of them are listed here for the benefit of GoK.
a. NUDI breaks the GOI standard when arkavattu is involved. NUDI has problem in Export to IISCII.
b.  Nudi just has a Unicode compatible keyboard driver which works only on Windows XP (and on Windows 2000, if there is a Kannada Opentype font present)
Nudi’s editor has a feature “Save As Unicode”. But the file saved as Unicode can not be opend again by Nudi. In other words,  Nudi’s editor can not edit a Unicode document.
c. Nudi does not provide opentype font which is required for rendering Kannada Unicode text.
d. There is no bi-lingual font standard for Kannada. Does eGovernance know this?
e. Nudi follows GoK standard in these areas-
monolingual truetye font glyph set
keyboard layout
save as HTML
Nudi’s non-standard features are-
Nudi contains a bi-lingual truetype font which is not as per any standard
Nudi’s Save As ISCII breaks the Govt of India standard when arkavattu is involved.
Nudi uses a scheme called Kannada Script Code for Language Processing (KSCLP) for sorting, which is not as per any standard. But the fact is that this KSCLP is a good solution for Kannada Sorting. This should be in the Public Domain.
f. Nudi has just a keyboard driver for Unicode which works only on Windows XP and 2003. Windows XP and 2003 have built-in support for Unicode making the Unicode feature of Nudi redundant. Nudi does not provide opentype font which is required for rendering Kannada Unicode text. Nudi’s Software Development Kit (SDK) does not support Unicode.
Egample: Type some text in Kannada using Nudi 4. Save it as Unicode. Then open the same file again in Nudi 4. It shows it as junk. Nudi cannot display a Kannada Unicode text file created by XP or Linux. That means Nudi’s Unicode support is of no use.
g. There is a difference between Freeware and Free Software. Nudi is a Freeware but not a Free Software. As per GNU, Free Software is the one where the source code is also available in public domain.  Nudi’s source code is not available in public domain. It is not an opensource software. Only binary (executable) of Nudi is free. If you are a software expert, found some bugs in Nudi (there are many) and want to correct them, then you can not do so.
NUDI is not in conformity with the G.O for the following:
1. Nudi developed using non-standard proprietory encoding which is not a standard.
2. Nudi uses the modified ISCII standard (ISCII is a national standard).
3. Nudi does not provide any conversion utility to convert the data created using the other existing Kannada software.
4. Nudi does not provide conversion utility to convert between the data created in the standard glyphs and the ISCII.
    Kannada Linux enthusiasts and developers are requesting for the source code of Nudi from
    last three years.  They are needing the source code of Nudi for implementing the keyboard
    driver and the sorting algorithm. This helps Kannada Software to be developed in a different
Kannadigas are complaining that fonts issued along with Nudi are not of professional quality, there is not support mechanism for Nudi, Nudi has many  bugs, etc.
Kannadigas and Developers feel IF Nudi is made OSS, passionate developers can fix the bugs in Nudi.
From reading all the information provided, one can come to conclusion that;
All the above has done damage to Kannada software development.
We all need to promote more Kannada Software developers to come forward for the benefit of GoK and make it more open. THIS HELPS GoK also.
Literally, there can be a Kannada version for every software in English. All of you please think why there are many software in English and why not in Kannada or any Indian Language. It is the business (need or anticipated need) which drives the development. How one can expect the development, WHEN KANNADA Software development is monopolised?
If any of you has any questions on this, Please write to me. ATLEAST some of you must look into these problems that are created here and try to correect it.
V. M. Kumaraswamy
Kannadigas all over the world
Email: novamed@aol.com , ellakannada@yahoo.com

One Response to “Email dated June 15th 2004 written by Acharya, prsar-dpar@karnataka.gov.in”

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