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Facebook makes posting in Hindi easier by transliterating what you type

Facebook takes the characters typed in English and suggests similar Devanagari characters. This new option will also remember the suggestions you use the most

tech Updated: Apr 26, 2016 12:45 IST
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Facebook takes the characters typed in English and suggests similar Devanagari characters. This new option will also remember the suggestions you use the most.
Facebook takes the characters typed in English and suggests similar Devanagari characters. This new option will also remember the suggestions you use the most.(Picture courtesy: Screengrab)

Next time you’re typing in Hindi with English alphabets on Facebook’s Android app, the app will suggest Hindi appropriate transliteration.

“We’ve heard feedback from people that they’d like to read and write in their native Hindi script on Facebook. So we are now rolling out a lightweight Hindi editor inside the Facebook app for Android phones. When the app setting is turned on, a button is added to the bar where you type updates and comments, which automatically transliterates Roman characters to Hindi script.

When people use this, we take the characters typed in English and suggests similar Devanagari characters. This new option will also remember the suggestions you use the most. We’re just starting to roll this out and working to improve, but if we don’t get the Devanagari characters right, there is an option to type them in yourself,” said Facebook.

This new feature comes as a result of Facebook noticing that a lot of posts are being written in Hindi with Roman script because typing out Hindi on a smartphone requires a keyboard in that language and extra effort to get used to. But now, Facebook will suggest Hindi text for such texts making statuses and comments in Devanagari just a tap away.