- for simple typing of Pali, French and German texts
January 10, 2001
If you simply wish to use Palitrans for entering French and/or German
texts, just scroll to the bottom of this web page (ignoring
everything on this web page completely) and download the software.
Everything you need can be found by reading the buttons 'Help', 'How
to Use' and 'Copyright (c) Andy Shaw'.
If you wish to use Palitrans for entering Pali texts, please
read this web page. The program is simple to use and the above
buttons explain everything, but Palitrans has a few extra features
that are specifically designed to help people learning Pali.
Before you try using palitrans, I strongly recommend that you print
my Pali fonts page for reference. It contains a lot of useful
information, including handy reference information and
important information about word processors. My Pali fonts page
is at: Fonts
You may also wish to print this web page before reading it. It makes
it much easier to understand, and it is handy to have as a "ready
reference" while you are testing and using the software.
I'm going to start by saying the best way to understand all of the
following is simply to download the program, start it, and trying
typing some things in the Pali transliteration style.
People who have mastered the transliteration style will not need to
learn any new knowledge or typing skills to use the program. People
new to Pali will have a very simple and intuitive way to create
quality documents using Pali fonts.
palitrans is very simple, and only 212 Kb. It works under Windows 95
and above. You will need the 'LeedsBit PaliTranslit' font and an
English language keyboard (comes with standard Windows) for it to
work correctly (if you need it, you can get the free 'LeedsBit
PaliTranslit' font from this web site).
palitrans allows you to type Pali texts using the very intuitive and
portable transliteration style. As you type, the keys will be
converted and displayed as Pali characters with all of the
You can then copy your text into your word processor in a format that
is compatible with the 'LeedsBit PaliTranslit', 'Times_Norman',
'CSX', 'VriRomanPali CN', or 'Skt Times' font
for further editing and printing.
If you choose to save your file to disk, the Pali characters with
diacritical marks will automatically be translated into the standard
transliteration format. Your text remains portable and compatible
with other computer systems.
The nice thing is that when you open any "text" file
written in the transliteration style, you will see all of the Pali
diacriticals while you are working with the program, and be able to
generate them with the standard diacritical typing style. Then when
you save the file, it's back in the original transliteration format.
Conclusion: you can "copy and paste" your work into a word
processor and keep the fonts, or you can save the file to disk in
transliteration format. If you later wish to edit your existing disk
file, you simply open it and all of the Pali diacritical marks
magically appear again.
How it works if you wish to use a full-powered word processor for
printing and are using an English language keyboard (international
Example 1 - Creating texts with palitrans
1. You type in some text using the transliteration style. The text is
converted to the Pali font while you are typing.
2. When you are done you push a button called: "Copy All to Clipboard"
3. You will be asked if you wish to have the text in the font
"LeedsBit PaliTranslit" or "Times_Norman".
4. You "Paste" the text into your your word processor.
5. You "Select All" text and select the correct font - and
you're done. You can now edit the text in your word processor using
the special font codes, and print the text if you wish.
The big advantage is that the Pali transliteration style is a very
intuitive and natural way of typing Pali. Most fonts require
complicated resetting of keyboards or the memorization of a lot of
special codes and keystrokes.
Example 2 - working with an existing text that has parts of it in
the transliteration style
1. Select the text you wish to convert to a Pali font.
2. Copy it
3. Switch to palitrans
4. Paste it
5. Copy it again
6. Choose which of the four fonts you would like to use
7. Paste it back into your word processor.
This allows you to convert "chunks" of transliterated text
that may be spread out throughout a word processor file (like and
article, a test, or a book).
The transliteration codes are:
("m also supported for .m)
("M also supported for .M)
You can only edit about 10 pages of text at a time, but this is
enough for an essay, article or section of a book.
The software is free under the terms of the GNU General Public
License (if someone wishes to port it to the Macintosh, it is written
in MS VC++ 6.0 and I will gladly send them the source code).
palitrans runs under Windows 95 and above.
The download file is small (212 Kb) so it is not "zipped"
or compressed. You can simply download it, double-click on the
program icon to start it, and try it out.
NOTE: About Word Processors
Please print and read the fonts page
for important information before you download and try palitrans.
NOTE: International 'Non-English' users:
The LeedsBit PaliTranslit font only supports Pali and English - not
your native language. If you are creating Pali/other-language files,
you can create the Pali part with palitrans, copy the Pali into your
word processor, and add your second language comments with your word processor.
Step 1: open your word processor.
Step 2: select the English language keyboard
Step 3: open palitrans
Step 4: select the English language keyboard again.
Step 5: create your Pali text (and save to disk if you wish).
Step 5: 'Copy All to Clipboard'
Step 6: paste the text into your word processor
Step 7: Select the Pali text in your word processor
Step 8: select the LeedsBit PaliTranslit or Norman font.
Step 9: position your cursor where you wish to insert you native
Step 10: select your native language keyboard
Step 11: select the native language font you wish to use and then
enter your text.
NOTE: You must have the "LeedsBit PaliTranslit" font and
an English virtual keyboard (comes standard with Windows) installed
on your computer for the program to work correctly. (It does not
matter which type of material, solid keyboard you use).
palitrans supports the 'LeedsBit PaliTranslit', 'Times_Norman',
'CSX', 'VriRomanPali CN' and
'Skt Times' fonts.
Let me know how you like it! Improvement ideas are always welcome.