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Government Rolls Out Free Tool For Editing Text On Scanned Documents

The IT ministry has rolled out e-Aksharayan (a desktop software) to allow editing of text printed on scanned files. It can be installed for free from its site. “e-Aksharayan is a desktop tool for transforming printed scanned Indian language files in Unicode encoding for a completely editable text format. The editable text can also be separately saved,” claimed director at TDIL (Technology Development for Indian Languages) and program lead, Swaran Lata, to the media in an interview at a FICCI event after revealing the tool.

The tool supports editing in 7 different languages of India such as Bangla, Hindi, Gurmukhi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Assamese. There exists some gap in accessibility of Internet. Almost 90% of the gap is owing to non-accessibility of material in Indian languages, claimed Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Electronics and IT Secretary, to the media at the event organized to support growth of content in Indian languages.

“We all are aware of India Stack. We must now use ‘India Language Stack’ that will assist in overcoming the hurdles in communication,” Sawhney claimed. Ajay Data, Managing Director at Data Xgenplus and producer of email services in local scripts, claimed that he is operating with ICANN (worldwide Internet body) on tech that will permit users to select full name of website.

Chetan Krishnaswamy, Director of Google Public Policy, claimed that there is requirement to find method to incorporate Indic languages to the Internet and localize them.

Speaking of Google, the firm is including support for screen notches in it upcoming Android P operating system. All the Android handsets that have exported with notches so far are launching their personal notch functionalities. That means there is bound to be some discrepancies for developers. Hence, it is good that Google will provide a unified structure for all handsets moving forward.

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