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Tamil

U+0B80 – U+0BFF   (2944–3071)

The Tamil script is used for the Tamil language, which belongs to the Dravidian group and is used in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu and in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. You can find some real (non-Unicode) Tamil text to try at the Ananda Vitakan site, but you will need to download and install the Vikatan TrueType font in order to display it correctly. You can find out more about Tamil by visiting the Web Assisted Learning and Teaching of Tamil site, more about Tamil fonts and software by visiting Tamil Nation, and more about Tamil Unicode by visiting Sinnathurai Srivas&’s Tamil Unicode page. You can see some Unicode Tamil on the What is Unicode? in Tamil page, on the Trigeminal Software, Inc. (Tamil) page and on the Thisaigal Tamil e-zine Web site.

Microsoft Windows incorporates support for Tamil Unicode from Windows 2000 onwards. Apple&’s Mac OS X 10.4 incorporates support for Unicode Tamil from version 10.4 onwards. A product called Helawadana 2000 with Arichchuwadu claims to include Unicode-compatible fonts and to allow Tamil to be used in Windows applications. More information is available on the Microimage Web site.

Tamil Web pages with UTF-8 character encoding are supported by Internet Explorer 5 (or higher) under Windows 95 (or higher), and Netscape Navigator 7 and Mozilla for Windows also seem to be able to display Unicode Tamil.

The characters that appear in the first column of the following table depend on the browser that you are using, the fonts installed on your computer, and the browser options you have chosen that determine the fonts used to display particular character sets, encodings or languages.

You can find some or all of the characters in this range in the Windows Unicode fonts Aks Tamil Cheran, Akshar Unicode, Arial Unicode MS, ArulMathi_Unicode, Code2000, ETTamilNew, Fixedsys Excelsior, Free Idg Serif, Free Sans, Free Serif, InaiKathir_Unicode, InaiMathi_Unicode, JanaTamil, Latha, Samyak, Samyak Tamil, Saraswati5, SooriyanDotCom, Sun-ExtA, TabAvarangal2, TAU_1_ELANGO_Barathi, ThendralUni, TheneeUni, TheneeUniTx, TSCuthamba and VaigaiUni; and in the Macintosh OS X Unicode font InaiMathi.

To see exactly which characters are included in a particular font, you can use a utility such as Andrew West&’s BabelMap, or WunderMoosen&’s FontChecker.

If you are not familiar with the characters, you can check the characters displayed here with the graphical display at http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0B80.pdf.

Character
(decimal)
DecimalCharacter
(hex)
HexName
பஂ2946பஂ0B82TAMIL SIGN ANUSVARA (combined with pa (ப))
29470B83TAMIL SIGN VISARGA
29490B85TAMIL LETTER A
29500B86TAMIL LETTER AA
29510B87TAMIL LETTER I
29520B88TAMIL LETTER II
29530B89TAMIL LETTER U
29540B8ATAMIL LETTER UU
29580B8ETAMIL LETTER E
29590B8FTAMIL LETTER EE
29600B90TAMIL LETTER AI
29620B92TAMIL LETTER O
29630B93TAMIL LETTER OO
29640B94TAMIL LETTER AU
29650B95TAMIL LETTER KA
29690B99TAMIL LETTER NGA
29700B9ATAMIL LETTER CA
29720B9CTAMIL LETTER JA
29740B9ETAMIL LETTER NYA
29750B9FTAMIL LETTER TTA
29790BA3TAMIL LETTER NNA
29800BA4TAMIL LETTER TA
29840BA8TAMIL LETTER NA
29850BA9TAMIL LETTER NNNA
29860BAATAMIL LETTER PA
29900BAETAMIL LETTER MA
29910BAFTAMIL LETTER YA
29920BB0TAMIL LETTER RA
29930BB1TAMIL LETTER RRA
29940BB2TAMIL LETTER LA
29950BB3TAMIL LETTER LLA
29960BB4TAMIL LETTER LLLA
29970BB5TAMIL LETTER VA
29980BB6TAMIL LETTER SHA
29990BB7TAMIL LETTER SSA
30000BB8TAMIL LETTER SA
30010BB9TAMIL LETTER HA
பா3006பா0BBETAMIL VOWEL SIGN AA (combined with pa (ப))
பி3007பி0BBFTAMIL VOWEL SIGN I (combined with pa (ப))
பீ3008பீ0BC0TAMIL VOWEL SIGN II (combined with pa (ப))
பு3009பு0BC1TAMIL VOWEL SIGN U (combined with pa (ப))
பூ3010பூ0BC2TAMIL VOWEL SIGN UU (combined with pa (ப))
பெ3014பெ0BC6TAMIL VOWEL SIGN E (combined with pa (ப))
பே3015பே0BC7TAMIL VOWEL SIGN EE (combined with pa (ப))
பை3016பை0BC8TAMIL VOWEL SIGN AI (combined with pa (ப))
பொ3018பொ0BCATAMIL VOWEL SIGN O (combined with pa (ப))
போ3019போ0BCBTAMIL VOWEL SIGN OO (combined with pa (ப))
பௌ3020பௌ0BCCTAMIL VOWEL SIGN AU (combined with pa (ப))
ப்3021ப்0BCDTAMIL SIGN VIRAMA (combined with pa (ப))
30240BD0TAMIL OM
பௗ3031பௗ0BD7TAMIL AU LENGTH MARK (combined with pa (ப))
30460BE6TAMIL DIGIT ZERO
30470BE7TAMIL DIGIT ONE
30480BE8TAMIL DIGIT TWO
30490BE9TAMIL DIGIT THREE
30500BEATAMIL DIGIT FOUR
30510BEBTAMIL DIGIT FIVE
30520BECTAMIL DIGIT SIX
30530BEDTAMIL DIGIT SEVEN
30540BEETAMIL DIGIT EIGHT
30550BEFTAMIL DIGIT NINE
30560BF0TAMIL NUMBER TEN
30570BF1TAMIL NUMBER ONE HUNDRED
30580BF2TAMIL NUMBER ONE THOUSAND
30590BF3TAMIL DAY SIGN
30600BF4TAMIL MONTH SIGN
30610BF5TAMIL YEAR SIGN
30620BF6TAMIL DEBIT SIGN
30630BF7TAMIL CREDIT SIGN
30640BF8TAMIL AS ABOVE SIGN
30650BF9TAMIL RUPEE SIGN
30660BFATAMIL NUMBER SIGN

Copyright © 1999–2009 Alan Wood

The hexadecimal numbers and the character names in the above table are taken from the Unicode 5.1.0 Character Database, Copyright © 1991–2008 Unicode, Inc., as contained in UnicodeData.txt on the Unicode Web site (http://www.unicode.org/Public/UNIDATA/) in April 2008.

Created 3rd February 1999   Last updated 23rd December 2009

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