About our Sanskrit typing tool
With the increase usage of computers and the internet a few formats for Sanskrit digital text input were developed and a lot of digitally encoded Sanskrit texts became available on the internet.
One of the most popular schemes for digitally encoding Sanskrit texts is the “itrans” format. “itrans” stands for “Indian languages TRANSliteration”. It is an ASCII transliteration scheme for Indic scripts, particularly used for Devanagari script – which is the most common Sanskrit script.
“Itrans” was first developed by Avinash Chopde who also developed a software for using it.
The main idea of the “itrans” format, as well as of other Sanskrit encoding schemes, is that Sanskrit can be phonetically typed in a very easy manner.
A very useful and free software for Windows, called “itranslatore” was developed by Omkarananda Ashram, and can be downloaded from their web-site.
We have created here a simplified web-application that does the same thing – i.e. enables us to type Sanskrit phonetically. In the top left text box the text is entered and in the other three text boxes the result appears in the form of both Devanagari and transliterated texts – combined and separate.
Feel free to fry this application and use it whenever you need.
All these applications are best viewed and used with the latest version of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.