Re: [INDOLOGY] devanāgarī font

Hock, Hans Henrich hhhock at
Tue Aug 19 15:00:34 UTC 2014

Dear Robert,

Thanks for the helpful information. One question: How well do LibreOffice documents work in transmitting documents across platforms, to colleagues using different word processors, and to publishers?

Best wishes,

Hans Henrich

Hans Henrich Hock
Professor Emeritus
Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois
4080 FLB, 707 S. Mathews
Urbana IL 61801
Fax: 217.244.8430
hhhock at<mailto:hhhock at>

On Aug 19, 2014, at 9:49, Robert Zydenbos <zydenbos at<mailto:zydenbos at>> wrote:

The best way (by which I mean: the way that gives the esthetically most pleasing results) to use Indic unicode fonts on a Mac is ConTeXt or LaTeX with the XeTeX typesetting engine. XeTeX works with OpenType, TrueType, and just about any other type of font, and it does not depend on the font rendering of OSX.

But for the majority of us, for whom working with the TeX derivatives may be too techie, the great word processing tip is: forget about Word, and use LibreOffice. Available free of cost (, it does much more than everything I require from a word processor / office suite – AND, just like XeTeX, it uses its own font rendering engine. This means that all the Indic fonts that do not work in other Mac applications (like Linux and Windows fonts) work just fine here.


Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Institute of Indology and Tibetology
Department of Asian Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Tel. (+49-89-) 2180-5782
Fax (+49-89-) 2180-5827

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