View & Play
How to View
Actually you can view the songs in three different ways. The
first and fastest way and also the only way if you have a text
based browser, is using the `sumihiri' notation. This notation
allows writing Sinhala using the Roman letter. Select
`View in sumihiri notation' button for this. You will need
`sumihiri' when you want to submit a song, too. It has a wide
variety of applications, so you might want to look at a
description of `sumihiri' anyway. Press `sumihiri Tutorial' button for a quick introduction.
The second way is to view the songs as Postscript files. You
will need to have a Postscript previewer configured in your
Browser for this. (You may have it configured already -try it
out.) Here you can view the songs in real Sinhala
script. However, quality of the display may not be great. (If
you download the file and print it on a 300dpi laser printer,
you will get a good quality printout, through.)
The third and best quality viewing is achieved by using a DVI
previewer. You need to have (La)Tex system installed for this.
Furthermore, you will need to download the Sinhala fonts and
install them as well. Select `Get Sinhala Fonts'
button for more details.
Playing the Melody
We have started adding melodies to the songs in the database. In
order to save the bandwidth we have only recorded the melodies
using one or few instruments. The melodies are stored in MIDI
files, so you will need a midi player configured in your
If You Encounter Problems ...
... See the Tips on Configuring the Browser.