Dean Anderson dean_anderson at SACARI.ORG
Fri Nov 12 02:24:25 UTC 2004

Dear Stefan,

Thanks for posting that. However I notice your sample does not use many consonant conjuncts -- at least not ones that can't be created using half characters. How good is it at displaying some of the less common, but still widely used conjuncts?


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Indology [mailto:INDOLOGY at] On Behalf Of 
>Stefan Baums
>Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 8:02 PM
>Subject: Re: Devanagari
>> But it uses private/corporate use area of the unicode.  So, while it 
>> does not pollute the area meant for other scripts, documents 
>> with Sanskrit 2003 in mind will not work without that font.
>Only if a document explicitly uses the PUA codepoints.  On any 
>system capable of handling OpenType fonts, however, one would 
>use sequences of the basic Unicode Devanagari characters, and 
>the OpenType features of the Sanskrit 2003 font will 
>automatically map from them to the conjuncts in the PUA.  Any 
>text produced this way (and this is what one gets using any of 
>the input methods mentioned earlier) will display fine on 
>other Unicode-Devanagari- capable systems.
>If, after all this theoretical discussion, anyone should in 
>doubt whether or not his/her computer can handle Unicode, here 
>is verse one of the Bhagavadgita in Unicode Devanagari:
>   धर्मक्षेत्रे कुरुक्षेत्रे समवेता युयुत्सवः ।
>   मामकाः पाण्डवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत संजय ॥
>If that doesn't look right, it's maybe just your email 
>program. You could try saving this email to disk, then opening 
>it in your favourite word-processor (maybe specifying "UTF-8 
>encoding" explicitly).  Alternatively, have a look at the BBC 
>Hindi page (which is in Unicode):
>Best regards,
>Stefan Baums
>Stefan Baums
>Asian Languages and Literature
>University of Washington

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