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Online translation service tools under construction

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CD containing Tamil software tools released A web site can be viewed in one's mother tongue

CHENNAI: The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), an organisation working under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, is working on online translation service tools, the Union Minister, Dayananidhi Maran, said today.

The tools will enable one to view the contents of a web site in one's own mother tongue, irrespective of the language in which the site was created, Mr. Maran said.

Presiding over a function here to mark the release of compact discs containing Tamil software tools and fonts, he said the CDAC was also working on a programme on speech interfaces, in which human voice would be recognised and converted into text for information extraction.

Releasing a CD, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi, said there should be continuity in the implementation of any good scheme started by a government. This was an essential feature of democracy.

He listed various schemes taken up by the previous Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime to promote information technology in the State.

Pat for Maran

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president, G.K. Vasan, commended Mr. Maran for introducing innovative software tools in Tamil and said through such efforts Tamil was being placed on a par with international languages.

The Microsoft India Chairman, Ravi Venkatesan, said his organisation would set up a laboratory in Chennai under its Bhasha programme. It was also keen on making its software tools in Indian languages affordable to large sections.

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, stressed the importance of reducing digital divide in the country. He appreciated Mr. Maran for taking steps to reduce the gap.

Senior representatives of print and electronic media were given copies of the CD, brought out by the CDAC. Microsoft's software programmes were also released on the occasion.

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