සිතිවිලි (Sithiwili)

Enabling Sinhala and Tamil Unicode

Last updated: 2007-12-05
This blog has content in Sinhala lanaguage. This is an example: මේ සිත් සටහන තුල සිංහල බසින් ලියවුන ලිපි ඇත. Preceeding text would appeat to you as question marks or small boxes if you do not have Sinhala support in your computer.

Fortunately, enabling your computer for reading and writting Sinhala (and Tamil) with Unicode is really easy. Here are some instructions for getting started…

Please note that you need administrative privileges for this.
If you do not, please bug/harass the person who has until he/she relents and do this for you. :)

Generally, if you can install programs in your computer
If you are using Windows XP

  1. Make sure that you have Windows XP Service Pack 2.
    • Right click on “My Computer” and select “Properties”.
    • In the “General” tab, under “System” it should say “Service Pack 2″.
    • If not, install “Service Pack 2″. You may download it from here.
  2. Download the Sinhala and Tamil enabling pack from this link:
    http://www.siyabas.lk/files/SinhalaTamilKit_XP.exe (15.8 MB)
  3. After closing all open programs, run the downloaded “exe” file.
  4. After the automatic installer completes, restart the computer.

That’s it, you are good to go!

If you want to make your Sinhala text look better:

  1. Use “Clear Type” font smoothing.
    • Write click on desktop and get “Properties”. (This brings up the “Display Properties” dialog)
    • From “Apperence” tab, Click on “Effects…” button.
    • Check “Use following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:” and select “Clear Type”. (This is best for LCD displays and high resolution CRT displays)
  2. Download and install the MalithiWeb Unicode font.
  3. Specify “Malithi Web” as the default font for Sinhala (or complex script) from your web browser.
    1. For example, in IE6: Tools –> Internet options … –> click on the “Fonts …” button (at the bottom)
    2. Select “Sinhala” from the “Language script” list box.
    3. For “Web page font” select “Malithi Web”

Other Sinhala Unicode fonts that you can use are Kaputa Unicode, Kandy Unicode.

If you followed these directions but still run into trouble, please post a description of the problem as a comment to this page. I would be glad to help. On the other hand, if you do get it working, I would still love to hear from you…

If you are using Windows 98 or Windows 2000 (and have Internet Explorer 6 or greater):
Download the Sinhala enabler for IE6 from this link:
http://www.siyabas.lk/english/files/Sinhala%20IE1.0.exe (1.5MB)
Run the downloaded exe file.
This allows you to read, but not write in Sinhala.

If you are using Windows Vista:
Windows Vista already supports Sinhala and Tamil.
However, you may need to download the “Vista Fix” from http://www.siyabas.lk/files/VistaQuickFix.exe (2.3 MB) and install it.

If you are using Linux:
Please refer to the excellent guide at http://www.nongnu.org/sinhala/doc/howto/sinhala-howto.html

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  2. star said, on December 6, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    (yawn) is it worth the try? btw i’m using Firefox with 2000. wotcher?

  3. Nalaka(නාලක) said, on December 6, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I haven’t tried Sinhala Unicode with Firefox on Windows 2000.
    But it is definitely worth a try.

    Download and install IE update from this link:

    http://www.siyabas.lk/english/files/Sinhala%20IE1.0.exe

    Then, install the “IE Tab plugin for Firefox” which allows you to use the IE rendering engine from within Firefox.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

    This should do it.

    Very happy that you are up to the challenge. :)

  4. download tamil fonts for windows vista said, on February 2, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    download tamil fonts for windows vista

    haha gotta love Windows…

  5. mama said, on February 13, 2008 at 5:35 am

    da window is not opening what should i do?

  6. Nalaka(නාලක) said, on February 13, 2008 at 9:04 am

    >> da window is not opening what should i do?
    Which window do you mean?

  7. Gayaman said, on March 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Hi

  8. Ashi said, on May 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

    It worked. Thanks a lot. :)

  9. Ruchira said, on June 25, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Thnx! It worked nicely :)

  10. Muneer said, on July 2, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    thankx dear. check out this for tamil unicode installation http://muneeronline.blogspot.com/search/label/Installing Multiple Language – Unicode

  11. Ralima said, on July 25, 2008 at 8:23 am

    why do we need to install applications to see Sinhala fonts on the browser. Can’t we just install the sinhala fonts??

  12. Nalaka(නාලක) said, on July 25, 2008 at 8:42 am

    If you are using a new operating system like Windows Vista or Linux you can just install the font.
    But with an older OS like Windows XP, you need to teach the OS to how to properly render (display on screen) Sinhala characters. That’s what those programs do.

  13. pasindu said, on April 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    i want sinhala unicod for web support

  14. Isuru said, on May 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    your method working successfuly.thanks for it.Can u explain me how to create a blog in sinhala.?

  15. Isuru(ඉසුැ) said, on May 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    ොඩක් ස්තූතියි…..

  16. namal said, on February 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    i have window sp3 . comas and combus in sinhala web pages are where they should not be.
    i have downloaded the patch sp3 also
    will you please help me to solve this

  17. Asanka said, on February 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I downloaded kaputa unicord zip file. When I extracted (unzip), I could only see a normal font file. I copied it to ‘Font folder’ on control panel.

    My O/S is Windows Vista.

    When try to change the language with ‘language settings’, it did not show that ‘kaputa unicode/font’.

    I want to use ‘kaputa unicode’ as my computer language. Can anyone please guide me through the process to make this change?

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks.

  18. SEX ROX said, on June 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    mona huttakda manda sinhala unicorad [ For Sri Lankan Only can read this ]

  19. nayanee said, on September 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    nalaka kohomada googl eken sinhala balanna puluwan? Kramayak dannawa nam kiyannako? pls.

  20. Darshana said, on October 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

    sinhala tamil kit installed sucsessfuly.but Microsoft Windows XP Sinhala Enabling Pack setup is not running.


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