Local Talk

Officials say the next PC sold in the market could come with Sinhalese language capabilities and a local language keyboard. Officials say the next PC sold in the market could come with Sinhalese language capabilities and a local language keyboard. In a beta version released in late October, the hundreds of character combinations that make the Sinhalese vocabulary has been pieced together to make a MS office compatible language pack.

Developers hope the final version would be coupled with Microsoft’s next Windows operating system.

The beta will test usability and find bug before a final version, ready to be packaged with Microsoft’s next version operating system is released.

ICT Agency’s Programme Director Dr. Gihan Dias told Lanka Business Online on Monday that already a second version, with most of the initial bugs killed, is already ready for release.

The test version, downloadable at www.fonts.lk currently only works with Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows 2003.

A series of accessories to support the Sinhalese language pack, including keyboards have also been developed, says Dr. Dias.