- 1 Ideas for Google Summer of Code 2013
- 1.1 Indic rendering support in ConTeXt.
- 1.2 Create Bold and Italic variants for Meera and Rachana
- 1.3 Automated Rendering Testing
- 1.4 Port remaining modules to the new flask based Silpa
- 1.5 Provide REST API for new flask based Silpa, including conversion of templates to this REST API from JSON RPC.
- 1.6 Separate templates from SILPA and have it inside modules packaged for pypi
- 1.7 Internationalize SILPA project with Wikimedia jquery projects
- 1.8 Converting indic processing modules currently in SILPA into Jquery library
- 1.9 Improving cross language transliteration system.
- 1.10 A spell checker for Indic language that understands inflections
- 1.11 Improving the webfonts module in Silpa using jquery.webfonts and proving more Indic and complex fonts as part of it.
- 1.12 Android App- Malayalam Calendar
- 1.13 Full featured Malayalam input tool like Google Hindi Input.
- 1.14 Add proper Indic / Malayalam rendering to Mapnik.
- 1.15 Add Indic / Malayalam rendering to MapServer + OpenLayers stack.
- 1.16 Add proper Indic / Malayalam support and rendering to GRASS GIS.
Ideas for Google Summer of Code 2013
Indic rendering support in ConTeXt.
ConTeXt is another TeX macro system similar to LaTeX but much more suitable for design. (We already have rendering module in SILPA this can be improved to allow the implementation of above idea. )
Mentor : Rajeeesh Nambiar
Create Bold and Italic variants for Meera and Rachana
Project :The Meera font has only regular version now. Synthetic bold and italic is not perfect and suitable for Malayalam. Create a bold and italic variant version for the Meera and Rachana fonts
Expertise required: Digital typography, good understanding of Malayalam writing system, fontforge, understanding of rendering engines like Harfbuzz.
Mentor : Hussain K H
Automated Rendering Testing
Port remaining modules to the new flask based Silpa
Mentor : Rajeeesh Nambiar
Provide REST API for new flask based Silpa, including conversion of templates to this REST API from JSON RPC.
Separate templates from SILPA and have it inside modules packaged for pypi
this should give more idea on it
Internationalize SILPA project with Wikimedia jquery projects
SILPA project has many Indic language applications, but as of now, if somebody want to input in Indian languages, there is no built in tool in it. Similarly, the application is not internationalized. Both of these can be achieved by using the jquery.ime and jquery.i18n libraries from Wikimedia. A sample implementation is avaliable in our website. The i18n should be in the SILPA flask framework with a nice templating system. Similarly the interface should have webfonts using jquery.webfonts library.
Expertise required: jquery, css, html5, python
Mentor : Hrishikesh
Converting indic processing modules currently in SILPA into Jquery library
Improving cross language transliteration system.
Currently only Kannada and Malayalam are perfect rest all are first converted to Malayalam then to English due to lack of language internal. Also currently for English to Indic we use CMUDict so transliteration capability is limited to words in CMUDict only probably we could develop better method for English to Indic transliteration
A spell checker for Indic language that understands inflections
SILPA project has a spellchecker written using python with a not so simple algorithm. But still it is not capable of handling inflection and agglutination happening in Indian languages especially south indian languages. The dictionary we have for Malayalam spellchecker is having 150000 words. Of course we can expand the dictionary, but that has no much value since words can be formed in Malayalam or Tamil etc by joining multiple words. In addition to that, words get inflected based on grammar forms(sandhi), plural, gender etc. Hunspell has a system to handle this, but so far nobody succeeded in getting it working for multi level suffix stripping as required for Malayalam. Some times a malayalam word can be formed by more than 5 words joining together. We will need a word splitting logic or a table taking care of all patterns. The project is to attempt solving this inside hunspell. If that is not feasible(hunspell upstream is not active), develop and algorithm and implement it.
Expertise required: Basic understanding of grammar system of atleast one Indian language
Mentor : Santhosh Thottingal
Improving the webfonts module in Silpa using jquery.webfonts and proving more Indic and complex fonts as part of it.
Android App- Malayalam Calendar
Full featured Malayalam input tool like Google Hindi Input.
(?) jquery.ime from wikimedia is getting ready as input method with 150+ input methods for android
Add proper Indic / Malayalam rendering to Mapnik.
Mapnik is a free mapping toolkit, written in C++. One of it's major users is OpenStreetMap. If you check OpenStreetMap, you can see that Languages like Russian, Arabic, Persian, Chinese etc are rendered in it (Not sure whether they are properly rendered or not). The lack of proper Indic support is the major reason for the absence of Malayalam.
Add Indic / Malayalam rendering to MapServer + OpenLayers stack.
Add proper Indic / Malayalam support and rendering to GRASS GIS.
It is used by a number of organizations for analysing GIS data, creating maps etc. GRASS also is an OSGeo project. It is in the process of rewriting the old Tcl/Tk interface in the new wx-python.