ഹിന്ദു പത്രത്തില് ബൂലോഗമീറ്റിനെ കുറിച്ച് വന്ന വാര്ത്ത.
ഈ വാര്ത്തയില് ഇമറാത്ത് സംഗമത്തെക്കുറിച്ചും പരാമര്ശമുണ്ട്.
ശ്രദ്ധയില് പെടുത്തിയ ഒബിക്ക് നന്ദി! അതോടൊപ്പം തന്നെ ഈ ലേഖനം നന്നായി തയാറാക്കിയ രേണു രാമനാഥ് പ്രത്യേകം പ്രശംസയര്ഹിക്കുന്നു!
Bloggers to meet in Kochi
Blogging has already become the new age rage for netizens. An electronic community created through the inter-acting blogs posted by bloggers from all over the world is already thriving. A shortened form of `weblog,' the term `blog' was coined by Peter Merholz in 1999. `Weblog,' in its turn, had been coined by John Barger on December 17, 1997. `Blog,' soon came to be recognised both as a noun and a verb (`to blog,' `blogging').
Basically a webpage in which entries can be made like an ordinary diary or journal and presented in the reverse chronological order, blogs evolved from the online diary that people kept for running an account of their personal lives. The range of subjects handled in blogs is just unlimited. At many times of strife, like during the Mumbai floods of 2005, blogs have acted as saviours and provided a faithful recording of the events as and when they unfolded.
As the virtual community of bloggers publishing their ideas thrived, the Malayalis were not to fall behind.
With the large numbers of Malayali software professionals spread all over the world, the Malayalam blogs were quick to appear. Now, it is estimated that at least 200 Malayalam blogs exist and get regularly updated.
A group of dedicated software engineers who cherish the love for their mother tongue has evolved a set of tools for blogging in Malayalam. Using `Varamozhi,' a set of software programmes, the computer can be enabled to read and write Malayalam. This transliteration based text editor helps to writing through transliteration, typing in Manglish, which will appear in Malayalam. The Malayalam Unicode Font, `Anjali Old Lipi,' is needed to view the Malayalam Unicode texts. The Mozhi Keymap, is also essential for working with Varamozhi.
So, boosted up by the success of their online communication, the Malayalam bloggers have decided to leave their virtual abodes and come together in the real space. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Bharat Tourist Home.
The meeting will be preceded by a get-together of the Malayalam bloggers in the United Arab Emirates at 5 p.m. in Sharjah on Friday.
Most of the bloggers are looking up with excitement at seeing the persons they know only through a webpage, mostly under a pseudonym.
But, there are at least a few who are in doubt whether the virtual communities would be better off staying that way — on a virtual level.