Sinhala input methods

A screencast showing Sinhala text being entered using the Intelligent Input Bus into Firefox under Linux. As shown in the video, under the Singlish method, to input විකිපීඩියා (Wikipedia), wikipIdiyaa is entered.

Sinhala input methods are ways of writing the Sinhala language, spoken primarily in Sri Lanka, using a computer. Sinhala input methods can be broadly classified into two main groups: ones based on typewriter keyboard layouts, and ones that are meant to be typed on QWERTY keyboards using an input method, known as "Singlish".[1]

Wijesekara keyboard[edit]

The Wijesekara keyboard is the standard typewriter keyboard for the Sinhala script. This keyboard layout was first created and approved by the government of Sri Lanka in 1964.

Windows Sinhala layout

In 2004, it was given the SLS standards as the Sri Lanka Sinhala Character Code for Information Interchange, SLS 1134 : 2004.[2]

Implementations[edit]

The first standards compliant Sinhala Keyboard for Apple iOS was created by Bhagya Silva. This implementation featured a copyrighted custom layout that was based on SLS 1134:2004 optimised for mobile keyboards.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kishino, Fumio; Itoh, Yuichi; Hayashi, Yoshihiko; Goonetilleke, Sandeva (2007). "An Efficient and User-friendly Sinhala Input Method Based on Phonetic Transcription". Information and Media Technologies. 2 (4): 1228–1247. doi:10.11185/imt.2.1228. ISSN 1881-0896.
  2. ^ "SLS 1134 : 2004 (Sinhala ICT standard)". icta.lk.
  3. ^ "Sinhala for iOS - Apple AppStore". appstore.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.