Madhav and all:

My new editions of the Yājñavlkya Smṛti, for which I prepared camera-ready copy, was done on Mac Pages. I think that is the best for Devanagari writing on a Mac, and has all the formatting tools that Word has.


On Sep 28, 2020, at 12:00 AM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <> wrote:

I don't use LaTeX, and have used MicroSoft Word for Devanagari in the past.  However, for some reason, while Word for Windows supports the use of Unicode Devanagari, Word for Mac OS does not support typing Unicode Devanagari. So I am left to work with OpenOffice and LibreOffice.  I am now thinking of installing Windows on my MacBook and see if I can work with Word for Windows on my MacBook.  I would appreciate to hear the experiences of Mac users with Unicode Devanagari. Best wishes,

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 8:37 PM Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <> wrote:
I like and use Somdev Vasudev's Romdev myself, for telling XeTeX how to turn IAST encoding into Devanagari.  It does a great job.

But don't get it from the indology archive.  Go to Github.  I haven't checked, but I am pretty sure the Github version is more up-to-date:
The only thing is, you have to download it and install it.  That's quite easy, if you know your computer well and love reading documentation (Mmmm).  But the standard TeX distribution, TeXlive, has a ready-made IAST translator already pre-installed, called, er, iast.  So one can say


and it just works.  No installation necessary.  This iast translator, and the velthuis one and a Harvard-Kyoto one, we owe to the kindness of Daniel Stender. 
But this link is only for interest; it's already installed on all systems that use TeXlive, so there's no need to fetch it.


Professor Dominik Wujastyk

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:

On Fri, 25 Sep 2020 at 14:05, Elliot Stern via INDOLOGY <> wrote:
Dear Tim,

You can use RomDev available at and MacTex/TexLive mentioned in Dominik’s posting. I have been using these on a Mac since 2013, when I could not coax MacDevnag and TexLive to produce texts longer than 2 or 3 pages. I also found articles at (Dominik’s site).



On Sep 25, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Lubin, Tim via INDOLOGY <> wrote:

Dear TeXies on the list,
My university is pushing me to update my Mac OS to Catalina, which cannot run 32-bit applications.  I am still using MacDevnag as a preprocessor to generate Devanagari output from my LaTeX files.  I am going to appease them for now by upgrading to Mojave, which can run 32-bit (yes, I am an update laggard, still running [Low] Sierra!), but that is inevitably just a temporary fix.  I confess to being only semi-literate in LaTeX and XeLaTeX, so I may have missed a crucial new development.
So far as I can see from
there is no 64-bit version, and likely never will be.  
Those of you who are au courant, how should I be dealing with this problem.  Due to laggardliness, I am still finalizing a volume using MacDevnag and am reluctant to attempt to reconfigure things altogether at this late stage in the process.
With fingers crossed,

Timothy Lubin
Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Law
204 Tucker Hall
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia 24450

American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 2020–21
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