Microsoft Word Has An Assamese Clone

Tuesday, 31 December 2013, 12:04 Hrs
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Itanagar: A group of volunteers from different parts of Assam have designed an Assamese word processor similar to the Microsoft Word with a spellchecker and word suggestions to boot.



Named Jahnabi, the word processor has came as a boon for those who need help in writing the language and can be easily used by those with a rudimentary knowledge of Assamese.



“The website www.jahnabi.org has received more than 60,000 hits and the free-of-cost software downloaded by more than 1,000 people since it was launched online on November 25, 2012,” says Mridul Kumar Sharmah, one of the members of the team.



The Unicode-compliant software with a size of 7 megabytes has at present nearly 2.5 lakh Assamese words and 108 readymade Assamese phrases in its dictionary and counting.



“The programming of the processor is based on dotnet platform and C# language containing around 15,000 lines of code,” Utpal Phukon, the only programmer in the team, said.



Just type the alphabet K and all the words beginning with Ka would appear like Kalam and Kamal. There are also 600 Assamese idioms. The user has the option to create a shortcut for frequently used idioms. There is also a facility to add words to the user’s dictionary.
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Source: PTI
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