You may need to display South Asian scripts on your computer to read newspapers online or websites using South Asian languages. In addition, you may want to type in differernt langauges not currently supported by your computer.
Transliteration allows you to romanize a script according to a standardized system. Transliteration systems are largely determined by the Library of Congress - click HERE for LINKS to a schema in a PDF of the language you need.
1) Arial Unicode MS
Many computers now have Arial Unicode MS installed in Word. Use insert symbol to type the characters.
If you do not want to us Arial font - one of the best fonts for transliteration is Gentium.
Follow the instructions below for installing:
Hindi/Urdu are the two South Asian Languages offered here at Washington University in the Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eeastern Languages and Cultures Department.
For a recent discussion on the relation between the two and a history of the words 'Hindi' and 'Urdu' check out "A Long History of Urdu Literary Culture, Part I" by Shamsur Faruqi in Literary Cultures in History available at OLIN.