Sven Sellmer sellmers at GMX.DE
Sun Apr 1 20:57:12 UTC 2012

Dear Patrick,

I am not sure about the first problem, but if you would like to get a three letter conjunct (g+ḍ+vi) then I am afraid this might just not be possible on the Mac.

As far as ṅ+g is concerned, this works in Textedit (preinstalled Mac text editor) after activating the "Additional conjuncts" option in the submenu "Typography" of the ⌘+T menu. I would suppose in Page should be a similar way to add less frequent compounds, but I don't use this program.

Best wishes,

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> Datum: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:28:21 -0500
> Von: Patrick Olivelle <jpo at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU>
> An: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
> Betreff: [INDOLOGY] Query

> Dear Computer Wizards:
> Here is a problem that, I hope, a wizard out there can solve. I am using a
> MAC (OS 10.7.3) and trying to type Devanāgarī on "Pages" with the
> Devanagari-QWERTY keyboard and Tahoma font. It works beautifully, except for a
> few annoying problems.
> 1. for the conjunct "ḍv" and "ṭv" the Qwerty functions well. I can
> even write well "ḍvi" and "ṭvi". But when these come immediately after
> another letter, for example "ṣ" or "g" -- the ligature between the two
> letters break down, and we have "ḍ" with a virāma followed by "v". However,
> if the same conjunct is preceded by TWO letters, the ligature remains
> intact!! This seems like witchcraft perpetrated on me who need these ligatures
> preceded by just one letter!!!
> 2. Another big problem with the Devanagari-QWERTY is the it is unable to
> form a proper ligature of the guttural nasal "ṅ" and a following "k" or
> "g", even though it does perfectly the ligature between the nasal and the
> conduct "kṣ". Go figure!! 
> Any help in overcoming these problems would be deeply appreciated by an
> ignoramus in Texas.
> Thanks.
> Patrick
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