Devanagari

Stefan Baums baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Sun Oct 31 15:35:58 EST 2004


> This was then used as the basis for a comprehensive Devanagari
> font, called Sanskrit 2003 by Omkarananda Ashram.

I believe it was Stiehl himself who made the font for the Ashram.

> I am not aware of the situation with Devanagari input on Linux
> and Mac systems.

Linux comes with input support for Gujarati, Gurmukhi, ‘Hindi’
(i.e., Devanagari), Kannada, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu.  If you use
KDE or Gnome as your desktop environment, you can just add any of
these input methods to your keyboard switcher applet.  I had a
closer look at ‘Hindi’/Devanagari, and the layout seems to be the
same as the one Microsoft uses, referred to by Andrew.  They both
go back to an Indian standard and implement a phonetic layout,
where the dentals are in one corner of the keyboard, the labials
in another, then you get the corresponding aspirates by pressing
Shift, etc.  So quite systematic really, but I guess it does take
some getting used to.

Stefan

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Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington



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