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LangTran software distribution system

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LangTran is a software distribution system that provides a robust automated system for language workers to access the latest installers for many programs & associated resources. Those resources will be on their computer or USB drive when they go to an area with poor, expensive or unreliable internet coverage, or none at all.

SIL Converters

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An interface making it possible to convert any file (e.g., SFM texts, lexicons, and Word documents) to a different encoding.


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SUMMARY:  (Text Encoding Conversion kit)  A toolkit for converting plain-text files from one encoding to another (e.g. Legacy to Unicode).

DETAILS:  TECkit is a low-level toolkit intended to be used by other applications that need to perform encoding conversions (e.g., when importing legacy data into a Unicode-based application). The primary component of the TECkit package is therefore a library that performs conversions; this is the "TECkit engine." The engine relies on mapping tables in a specific binary format (for which documentation is available); there is a compiler that creates such tables from a human-readable mapping description (a simple text file).


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SUMMARY: WorldPad is a text editor that can display text in complex scripts using Graphite.  It is an SIL product and is distributed as part of FieldWorks.

KeymanWeb - Multilingual Virtual Keyboard for Web Applications

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KeymanWeb enables users to type in any language on their website, regardless of the hardware and software installed. No downloads or installation are necessary - users simply select the required language and keyboard layout and begin typing. The built-in On Screen Keyboard display provides both a reference to the keyboard layout and an alternative method of entering text by clicking with the mouse, allowing even those users who are unfamiliar with the layout to input text quickly and easily.

Keyman Desktop - Multilingual Virtual Keyboard

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Keyman Desktop is a multilingual virtual keyboard application.  It enables a user to type in any of over 600 languages in any Windows application such as MS Office, email, SIL Fieldworks, web applications, Adobe applications and many more. Designed with the user in mind, it is the market-leading keyboard mapping solution. Well-supported across Windows-based software, it brings a simple solution to the complexity of typing in a range of languages and scripts that are either unsupported or only partly supported by the operating system.

Adapt It

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Adapt It is a computer program that helps translate texts between related languages (a process called adaptation). Using Adapt It, translators have been able to dramatically reduce the total time spent in their translation projects.

IPA MSKLC Keyboard for Unicode

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This keyboard works well and is well documented. It allows you to type IPA in unicode (rather than in one of the outdated encodings), which means that you can type IPA into nearly any modern program that supports unicode. It is set up to not interfere too much with typing regular text, since with unicode it is no longer necessary to switch back and forth between encodings/fonts/keyboards.