In a new development, Dharamveer Sharma, a faculty member of the computer science department at Punjabi University, has developed a set of utilities in Punjabi, for Microsoft Word (MS Word).
The software is the first of its kind for any Indian language and it took Sharma four years to develop the same. Talking about the software, Sharma said it included facilities such as bilingual spellcheck, English to Punjabi dictionary, synonyms and antonyms, onscreen keyboard and in-line translation of English words to Punjabi.
"The spellcheck is a powerful tool with more than 1.15 lakh Punjabi words and screens all Punjabi spellings as well as those of English. The English to Punjabi dictionary is also quite extensive, with more than 80,000 English words," claimed Sharma.
He added that the main advantage of using this software was that it is integrated in MS Word (the most popular word processor application) and the user would not have to depend on external programmes or websites for using this software.
"Currently, the software supports Unicode fonts only and is available with several versions of Microsoft. The software is available free of cost for download from my website www.dveer.in," he said.
Sharma also said a font independent or omni-font version of the software would soon be released. At present, it was undergoing tests. It would add support for new fonts, making it highly dynamic.
"This is the second major software developed and released free of cost for public use," said Sharma.
Earlier, he has converted an encyclopaedia on Sikhism into an online edition, which has been accessed by more than 1,15,000 users across more than 140 countries till date.