Stepwise instructions - to view Unicode Tamil text -
1. You need to have Unicode Tamil fonts installed on your computer and the Operating System capable of rendering Tamil Scripts. Windows XP comes with a Unicode Tamil Font (Latha) and you should not need to download/install a unicode font.
2. In the Control Panel, in Regional/Languages Options you will need to ensure that Indic/Asian Language option is checked.
3. Use a browser that is capable of handling UTF-8 based pages (Netscape 6, Internet Explorer 5) with the Unicode Tamil font chosen as the default font for the UTF-8 char-set/encoding view. Unicode Tamil Fonts may be downloaded from here
Some users of Windows 98/NT/ME/2000 Windows NT may find that even with a Tamil Unicode font installed and the browser correctly set to View > Encoding > Unicode, some of the Tamil letters are incorrectly displayed. An example of this incorrect display may be viewed here using any TSC font -
"அதோ அந்த பறவை போல வாழ வேண்டும்இதோ இந்த அலைகள் போல ஆட வேண்டும்ஒரே வானிலே ஒரே மண்ணிலேஒரே கீதம் உரிமை கீதம் பாடுவோம்"
This may be due to the earlier version of usp10.dll used in these operating systems. To correct this, it may be necessary to update the usp10.dll file in Windows. To do this,
1. Download the latest version of the usp10.dll file. [one of the sites for this download is here . Alternatively, you may download the file from the Microsoft site here - save the downloaded .exe file - double click on the file - give a temporary folder address - the program will extract a few files into the folder - of these 'usp.zip' is the one you will need - discard the other files - unzip usp.zip - it will give two files viz: usp10.dll and readme.txt ]
2. Go to the Windows folder and find the file named usp10.dll (usually in the System and/or System32 sub folder). Rename the file to a different name say usp10.old .
3. Place the newly downloaded usp10.dll file in the same folder as the renamed usp10.old file.
6. Re start the computer.
[in addition see also - How to Switch usp.dll and Making Uniscribe (USP10.DLL) Available for All Programmes]
Ram S.Ravindran on using Tamil Unicode in Personal Computers - "Most of the PC computer users use either Win 98 or XP operating systems. I recognize there are some of us who use Mac and Linux machines.
Win 98 OS and the applications that go with them don’t support Unicode format. However, if you have Win 98 you can input in Unicode Tamil.
Recently (March 2004) most of us came to know of a neat freeware program called LedLineIt!. This program allows you to create Unicode font Tamil documents. All you need is e- Kalappai 1.0 or 2.0 with the Unicode kmx file.
You can create a Unicode Tamil document with the use of Thenee, aVarangal or TSCArparnar fonts. This program doesn’t use any dll or Windows hook ups. However the exe file is about 3.4 megs.
If you have IE explorer 5.5 or higher you can use Ledlineit to create Unicode Tamil text and cut and paste it in Hotmail or Yahoo Webmail email text boxes. So if you have Win 98 you can in fact read and write in Unicode Tamil in the email. Likewise you can paste it in Blogs.
Using Leadlineit , you can save the Unicode document file and print it out as well. As a matter of fact, you can even save the document as a HTML file for uploading to a free Web hosting service. So you can use it as a HTML editor as well.If you have Win XP machine, to get the best Unicode capability, you need to install the Asian font capability. From start, go to settings, control panel and then select the regional settings. Install the Asian font capability. (you might be asked to place the WinXP OS disk). After you install the Asian font capability , select the regional font option again and select advanced. Select the Tamil language option.
With MS office XP Word and selecting Tamil driver and selecting Latha font and using Ekalappai you can create a Tamil Unicode document. Using Publisher 2003 you can create a Web page. Of course you can cut and paste into a Blog page.
You can enter in Tamil into the text boxes of Yahoo mail and Hotmail as well. The most important thing to do is to make sure that you have the Internet options set with Thenee UNIX font and Tamil language selected. If you don’t do it right then things won’t be right. Now you can input in Unicode Tamil in both Win 98 and XP systems. Thanks to Ekalappai, (Keyman module) and Ledlineit we have the ability to input in Unicode Tamil." - (in Tamil dot Net mailing list in March 2004)