[INDOLOGY] {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Re: Issues with Sanskrit 2003 font

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Sat Jun 17 11:39:36 EDT 2017

Dear Vikram,

Your plan to work on refining and expanding Sanskrit 2003 is excellent!
Since funding is needed, I recommend you consider a crowd-funding
initiative. That would fit the situation very well, allowing people to
contribute in a structured and transparent manner, and avoiding many legal
and financial problems.

Please, please give the font a new name, when your work is released. Even
if it's just Sanskrit 2003A.

About the design of Sanskrit 2003, I still like the font best, I think,
amongst the many Devanagaris available today.  Murty Sanskrit is my second
choice, and I would add that Murty Sanskrit looks better on paper than on
the screen.

However, about Sanskrit 2003, I find it a little compressed, horizontally.
The document processing system I use, TeX, allows me to tweak that as I
wish, and I have found that expanding Sanskrit 2003 by 8% horizontally
gives a result that is more pleasing to my eye.  It's a personal thing, but
perhaps worth thinking about.

Here are some samples <https://tinyurl.com/y96ufrog> of Sanskrit 2003
normal and stretched, with some other faces for comparison.


Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


On 15 June 2017 at 13:51, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Hello Vikram,
>      This is a wonderful news.  Having done some font-designing myself, I
> know how time-consuming and complicated this work is.  I hope your effort
> is successful and produces an improved version of Sanskrit 2003, with
> light, bold and italic versions.  Please keep us posted about availability
> of these new versions.  With best wishes,
> Madhav Deshpande
> Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:14 AM, Vikram Iyer <vikram85.iyer at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>>                     I am writing this as I am collaborating with a
>> typography expert to create a better version of Sanskrit 2003 free for all
>> with support for light weight and several ligature upgrades. As with any
>> activity of this scale funds are required to be able to keep the project
>> going. If anyone is willing to contribute financially please get in touch
>> with me.
>>                      A sample version of the upgraded font is attached
>> below.
>> <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5PUqOJ81id8/WUKWHI9KrBI/AAAAAAAAK_U/LuRRxXRlmbw-OagEfS1N2vzoPB594qKEgCLcBGAs/s1600/Sanskrit%2BBold%252BFinetuned%252BLight.jpg>
>> On Thursday, 8 June 2017 19:32:10 UTC+5:30, Madhav Deshpande wrote:
>>> Dear Colleagues,
>>>      I have been using the Sanskrit 2003 unicode Devanagari font for
>>> some time, and have noticed that for some characters, the anusvāra almost
>>> merges with characters like sign for short "i".  Here are a few sample
>>> lines:
>>> [image: Inline image 1]
>>>      Am I alone in seeing these problems, or is this happening only on
>>> Mac computers, and not on Windows?  I have written to Omkarananda Ashram
>>> about this and I am hoping to hear from them.
>>>     If someone has a solution to this font problem, I would appreciate
>>> hearing it.
>>> Madhav Deshpande
>>> Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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