CSX fonts

Daniel Baum msdbaum at MSCC.HUJI.AC.IL
Fri Feb 27 12:14:05 UTC 1998


Thanks  to all for your help with my problem.

Although I have solved it to my satisfaction, there are still a couple of
things I don't understand; I downloaded the Times-CSX font as suggested, and
it almost works with the Harvard Rigveda, except that the acute-e appears to
be missing. How come these fonts appear to have characters missing?

The solution in the end was to use the Washington Indic truetype font as a
screen font, and then compile the document in TeX using the Washington Indic
PK font. Surprisingly the two fonts are coded slightly differently; the
a-acute is in a different place. I simply programmed a macro in my text
editor to do a search and replace before I compile the TeX file, and another
afterwards. I will definitely have a look at the alternative TeX fonts you
suggested, although I've never used .vf fonts before; is there anything  I
should know before I start?

Thanks again,

Daniel Baum

-----Original Message-----
From: Anshuman Pandey <apandey at U.WASHINGTON.EDU>
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 1998 3:01 AM
Subject: Re: CSX fonts

>On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Daniel Baum wrote:
>> What I need to do is to use the Harvard electronic RigVeda, and the
>> metrically restored version, which is in a kind of CSX coding, as well as
>> few other e-texts. I need to take examples from these and put them in a
>> database, and thence into TeX, probably with Itrans, to do the actual
>> writing at some time in the future.
>The electronic Rig Veda you have is probably in the ITRANS encoding
>(unless you happen to have got it from someone who converted it to CSX).
>John Gardner did a lot of work in reconstructing the Harvard e-RV into the
>present ITRANS format. I took these files from his http://vedavid.org/
>server and converted them to CSX. I have also gone through and edited the
>first two mandalas; adding missing portions, etc. using the Harvard RV
>hardcopy as the proof.
>These CSX versions of the RV are available in a ZIP'd archive from:
>        http://weber.u.washington.edu/~apandey/texts/rv-new.zip
>Also, Avinash Sathaye has worked with Gardner's ITRANS files and added
>accents to the text. Preprocessing Sathaye's files with ITRANS and then
>running them through LaTeX will produce Devanagari text of the RV with the
>appropriate accents. I don't know if, or the extent to which Sathaye
>proofread the files before he added the accents, but I suspect he must
>have done a very thorough job. I don't know if these files are publically
>> My problem is that I can't seem to find a font that works in all the
>> programs I am trying to use, for whatever reason.
>If you mean that the diacritics won't appear when using CSX fonts, that
>might be because the texts you are working with are not in the CSX
>> Under Linux, The Washington Indic fonts do not display the letter e-acute
>> a-acute, either in their Truetype or Type 1 varieties. I have checked
>> Character Map and its Linux equivalent (xfd). Xfd shows these letters to
>> actually missing, while character map under W95 shows them to be there.
>> is very bizarre, as the Truetype font is exactly the same file under both
>> operating systems.
>The Washington Romanized Indic fonts are outdated. I've been working with
>the METAFONT (TeX) sources, modifying details of accent placement and
>character design. If you want to use a CSX-encoded font, then I suggest
>you turn to the Norman, CS-Utopia, or CS-Charter fonts. These are
>available in both TrueType and Postscript varieties from the INDOLOGY
>archive or from John Smith's site:
>        ftp://bombay.oriental.cam.ac.uk/pub/john/
>These three TTF and PS fonts are much more aesthetically pleasing than the
>WNRI TTF and PS fonts. The WNRI TTF and PS fonts are rather crude versions
>which the developer, Thomas Ridgeway, threw together for users who wanted
>to use CSX in Windows. I believe this was before Dominik Wujastyk and
>Peter Schreiner adapted Adobe Utopia and Bitstream Charter for CS. I wish
>to snuff out the current TrueType and Postscript versions of WNRI and
>eventually replace them with newer ones based on the Computer Modern TTF
>and PS fonts.
>Also, if you intend to use a Romanized font for your dissertation, then
>you really ought to use a beautiful font; and for not having to write a
>check to a foundry, Utopia and Charter do the job quite well.
>The updated METAFONT sources for WNRI are available in the file wnri2e.zip
>        http://weber.u.washington.edu/~apandey/texts/wnri2e.zip
>and within a few days from the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN) in
>        ftp://ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/fonts/wnri/          OR
>        ftp://ftp.dante.de/tex-archive/fonts/wnri/
>Best of luck.
>Anshuman Pandey

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