Tamil Font Help

Windows XP and Windows Vista users

If you face any problem then do the following

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Fonts -> select Tamil

Windows 98 and Windows 2000 With IE 6.0+ users

If you see boxes, circles or junk characters instead of Tamil fonts follow Step 1.

Step 1:
- Go to 'View' -> 'Encoding' and choose 'Unicode (UTF-8)'

Even after this if you are not able to see Tamil letters, please download the fonts given here

You can install any font listed on the page. Thatstamil recommends Lohit-Tamil

How to install the font?

Click on the above 'Tamil fonts' link and right click on one of the Tamil fonts and select 'Save target as' and save the fonts in 'C:/WINDOWS/Fonts' directory

Once you install the fonts, close the browser window and reopen it

Even now if you can't view Tamil fonts do the following step:

Go to 'Tools->Internet Options' and select 'Fonts' and chooseLohit-Tamil

If the problem still persists go for sept two

Step 2:
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options f> General [Tab]

In the "Language settings for this system" frame, check the box next to "Indic".

Copy the appropriate files from the Windows 2000 CD when prompted.

If prompted, reboot your computer once the files have been installed.

Windows XP and Server 2003 Users

Go to Start > Control Panel.

If you are in "Category View" select the icon that says "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options" and then select "Regional and Language Options".

If you are in Classic View select the icon that says "Regional and Language Options".

Select the "Languages" tab and make sure you select the option saying "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)". A confirmation message should now appear - press "Click on OK" on this confirmation message.

Allow the OS to install necessary files from the Windows XP CD and then reboot if prompted.

The above steps should fix the problem. If it still doesn't, please send us feedback with the browser version, OS version and the problem you are facing.

It would help us if you can send a snapshot of the characters which are not correct. Please follow the instructions

- Open the page which has the problem.
- Press 'Print Screen' key on the keyboard.
- Open a Word processing software like Word and paste (Control-V) the snapshot.
- Save the file and send it to us.

Unicode support in IE browser before version 6.0 is not good. We recommend you upgrade to atleast IE 6.0+

Firefox Users:

If you face trouble viewing in Firefox do the following:

Go to Tools ->Options ->Content-> Advanced and Enable the Check the box saying '
'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above'' and select OK

For Linux Operating System:

Copy one of the Tamil fonts file from Tamil Fonts(but we recommend Lohit-Tamil font) to .fonts directory in the user's home directory. If .fonts directory does not exist in the home directory, please create it. Finally run the command 'fc-cache' from the command prompt.

It is very important to restart the browser, only then you will be able to read the content in Tamil.

Mac Users:

We recommend Users to use Mac OS X 10.4/Tiger/Leopard and Safari 2.0/Safari 3.0.

Users have to remove the fonts that are copied over from Windows. Safari on Mac OS substitutes the default fonts when the specified font is not available.

iPhone :

iOS 4.2.1 supports Indian languages (iPhone & iPad). There is no need to install any fonts as it is part of the OS

If you still have a problem, please send us feedback with the browser version, OS version and the problem you are facing.

Mobile phones without language fonts

With Opera Mini browser, now you can read Indian language content on mobile phones which don't have built in unicode fonts. For this we need to turn on the bitmap fonts in 'opera mini',

1. Type 'about:config' in mini address bar. This opens configuration settings.
2. There is a option for use bitmap fonts. Change that to Yes.

Oneindia thanks Vasanth N for giving us this tip.

'How to key in Tamil in XP'?

1. Go to control panel
2. Select Regional and Language settings
3. Select Languages
4. 'Check' the box of Install files for complex script
5. Select details
6. Go to add options
7. Select tamil in Input Language
8. And select Tamil for Keyboard layout

Now you can type in Tamil. And By using Left Alt+Shift we can shuffle between English and Tamil