About Baraha


Dedicated to ANAKRU (Dr. A. N. Krishna Rao)

Baraha (ಬರಹ / बरह / பரஹ / బరహ / ബരഹ / બરહ / ਬਰਹ / বরহ / ବରହ) means "writing" in Kannada language. The first release of Baraha was made on January 1998. This initial release was developed with an intention to provide a free, easy to use Kannada language software to enable even non-computer professionals to use Kannada in computers thereby promoting Kannada language in the cyber world. Today millions of people across the world are using Baraha for creating content in Indian languages.

The biggest challenge for use of Indian languages is the keyboard. At present, usage of English language & English keyboard(QWERTY) in computers is inevitable. One has to use the English keyboard only to type Indian language text. There are many different keyboard layouts for typing Indian languages. Many such layouts are based on the earlier typewriter designs, which are not at all relevant for the intelligent computers. It is also very difficult and confusing for a common user, who spends most of the time using the English keyboard, to switch to one such keyboard for quickly typing an email in say Kannada or Hindi.


Features
 

Baraha breaks the keyboard barrier for Indian languages by using a phonetic keyboard in which any Indian language word may be typed using the standard English keyboard. Baraha user doesn't feel any discomfort when he switches between typing Indian language text and English. In fact, writing in Baraha is as simple and easy as writing our names in English! Kannada and Hindi text such as cheluva kannaDa nADu, merA bhArat mahAn can be typed as shown.

Many Indian language software were created based on True Type fonts (ANSI encoding) many years before Windows/Linux introduced them using Open Type fonts (Unicode encoding). Even today, majority of the Indian language content is being created using TrueType fonts and almost all Indian publications use ANSI based TrueType fonts for printing and online publications. Baraha breaks the barrier between ANSI and Unicode. Using Baraha, one can effortlessly convert text between ANSI and Unicode. For example, when a user on Windows 98 - which doesn't support Unicode, receives a Hindi email in Unicode, he can convert it to ANSI and read it.

Baraha breaks the script barrier between different Indian languages. All the Indian scripts are derived from the Brahmi script, which is also the underlying concept in Baraha. Baraha uses a common code to represent all the Indian languages. So, it is possible to convert text from one script to another. For example, let's say a Malayalam user who understands Hindi language receives a Hindi email. If the user is not fluent in reading Devanagari script, then he can convert the email to Malayalam script itself and read it.

One of the main objectives of Baraha is "portability of data". Baraha can export the data in various file formats such as ANSI text, Unicode text, RTF, HTML. User can convert documents to Unicode by a few clicks of mouse, which means the documents that are created in Baraha, stay relevant in the future and will never become obsolete.

"Language is not just a means of communication. Instead, it is the only means that can save the culture of its people. (ANAKRU)" Baraha was made a freeware in order to motivate Indians to communicate in their languages on computers. We believe that only an easy to use, free Indian language software can jump-start the extensive usage of Indian language on computers, which today is dominated by English.

Baraha was a freeware from 1998 to 2010 for personal and commercial use, during which period, we added many languages and features while constantly upgrading to support the newer operating systems. Starting from version 10.0, Baraha has become a paid software with new features and Unicode fonts.

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