This is certainly not an April Fool and doesn't involve a rickroll. :P 😝
Introducing Indic-En, a browser extension to convert websites in Indian languages (Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada) to Manglish, Hinglish & Kanglish. This is the first WebExtension that I've made.
This extension will be useful for people who can understand the language, but can't read it (read the script). I've also made a similar Android app "Manglish" which does this, but only for the Malayalam language. Special shoutout to r/Kerala folks who support and help spread the word around of Manglish app. Thanks to all the folks who have donated and spread the word about Manglish app. I'm happy that it's helping people ❤️. As a Free software indie developer, marketing is a difficult thing to do. Please spread the word around :)
The extension is available for both desktop and mobile. Download the extension from your browser store :
Extensions are not available for Chrome mobile browser, but extensions can be installed in other Chrome based browsers such as Brave Browser.
The -nglish Scripts
Languages are for communication and they're created and evolved by speaking. Some languages have its own unique script to write or might use other scripts to write them. A language can be writen in multiple scripts. For example, Malayalam is (used to be) written in 3 scripts :
Similarly, Hindi written in English is called Hinglish and Kannada, Kanglish. Here are some examples :
കാക്ക => kaakka
कौआ => kauaa
ಕಾಗೆ => kaage
So that's what this browser extension Indic-En basically do, convert Indic scripts to English/Roman/Latin script.
Simply install the extension from your browser's extension/addon store. You will then see the Indic-En logo on your toolbar. On the page that you want to transliterate, click the button on toolbar, a popup will appear, choose language and Transliterate !
In Firefox Mobile, you can access the extension popup straight from browser menu (toolbar) on a page. It'll be below the "Help" button in the menu.
- Supports Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada : Manglish, Hinglish, Kanglish
- Auto transliterate page on load
- Offline [Requires no internet to transliterate]
- Privacy : Your data stays with you and only you
- Options page has a transliterator tool for converting text
Indic Project [SMC Project] has made a library
libindic which has a Transliteration module. It's written in Python and has support for various languages. You can cross transliterate Malayalm into Kannada and others.
Indic-En is made from a function in the original Python module :
The transliterator library can be used like this :
const Transliterator = require('libindic-transliteration'); const t = new Transliterator(); console.log(t.transliterate_ml_en('അ')); console.log(t.transliterate_hi_en('अ')); console.log(t.transliterate_kn_en('ಅ'));
And the output of all of em will be
libindic is licensed under LGPL while this extension and
GPL-3. Indic-En is a Free/Libre/സ്വതന്ത്ര software.
It's my first time making a WebExtension. I thought I'd have to use different APIs to build extensions for different browsers. Nope, there's a standard API : WebExtensions. The manifest file of extensions has differences for some browsers, but this can be easily taken care of with this :
I used Abhijith Vijayan's awesome web-extension-starter to make the extension. It's very easy to use and helps to build extensions simultaneously for Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc. Shoutout to this fellow Malayalee and his useful project :)
The logo is designed by my good friend, Akshay TG. This guy is special: he draws very well on paper and digital. I've known Akshay from wayyy back in grade 6. We together grew in a free software environment. While I got into coding, he drew with GIMP and now he's amazing all of us with his artwork. He draws with a mouse and the artwork he has made (Here's one of em) is just WOW !!
If you like my work, buy me a tea. Psssst, I like tea more ;)