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SHAHIDLIPI was the first Bangla (Bengali) implementation in computers that appeared in 1985 after its inventor, Saif Shahid, appeared in a BBC TV program to describe the application. This was followed by other BBC Radio and Bangladesh TV programs. Ittefaq, one of Bangladesh's national newspapers, ran a front page story on Saif Shahid's SHAHIDLIPI. According to Saif Shahid, the name SHAHIDLIPI was derived from the national language movement myrters (known also as SHAHID in Bangla). However, the similarity with the author's name could be more than just a coincidence.

The initial versions of SHAHIDLIPI ran on graphics-based Apple Macintosh computers. Later a Windows-based version was also released in the market. By 1988, most government and private organizations in Bangladesh were using SHAHIDLIPI in their Bangla computer applications.

From the preface in the SHAHIDLIPI manual, it is seen that Saif Shahid has taken a conscious decision not to follow the existing Bangla typewriter keyboard. Instead he decided to follow a new keyboard which had kept similarities with existing QWERTY keyboards, thus making it easy for people used to that keyboard to switch easily to the Bangla SHAHIDLIPI keyboard.

Saif Shahid and his development team in Beximco Computers Limited developed several TrueType and screen fonts—namely Jessore, Dhaka, Faridpur, Bhola, Lalmonirhat, Meherpur, Zaipurhat, Chittagong, Sylhet, etc. Many later fonts marketed by other competitors have shown resemblance with these original developments. Ashraf, Alam and Rashid are a few of the original graphic artists who worked with Saif Shahid.

Besides the Bangla fonts, the original SHAHIDLIPI also completely localized the operating system in Bangla with all the alert messages and menu items converted to Bangla. This conversion was done long before any localization kits were available in the market.

SHAHIDLIPI can also be written as "ShahidLipi" or "Shahid Lipi".


[ Here are some links found by Google searching on Shahid Lipi: ]

http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/SHAHIDLIP

http://independent.academia.edu/SaifudShahid/Books

http://independent.academia.edu/SaifudShahid/Books/401773/History_of_Shahidlipi_-_The_first_Bangla_implementation_in_computer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_input_methods

http://www.enotes.com/topic/Bengali_input_methods

http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=136160

http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/es/SHAHIDLIPI

http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/nl/SHAHIDLIPI

http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/7972071

http://omicronlab.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=253&mode=threaded&pid=8234

http://wikibin.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=27623

http://teacher.buet.ac.bd/mdsaifulislam/journal/L_and_D_2009.pdf

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pdfreaders/message/209

http://wikibin.org/articles/shahidlipi.html

http://www.freebase.com/view/en/shahidlipi

http://sites.google.com/site/shahidlipi/

http://www.bpedia.org/S_0449.php



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