For some of you, the Sinhala language text in this blog may appear as a bunch of small boxes- or something equally irritating. This is because you still haven’t enabled support for the Sinhala language.
If you wish to be able to read/write in Sinhala (and Tamil), here are some very simple instructions on how to do that.
If you are using Windows XP (service pack 2):
- Download the Sinhala and Tamil enabling pack from this link:
http://www.siyabas.lk/files/SinhalaTamilKit_XP.exe (15.8 MB)
- After closing all open programs, run the downloaded “exe” file.
- 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:
- Download and install the MalithiWeb Unicode font.
- Specify “Malithi Web” as the default font for Sinhala (or complex script) from your web browser.
- For example, in IE6: Tools –> Internet options … –> click on the “Fonts …” button (at the bottom)
- Select “Sinhala” from the “Language script” list box.
- For “Web page font” select “Malithi Web”
If you followed these directions but still run into trouble, please post a description of the problem as a comment to this post. 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:
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