DIACRITICS FOR WP AND LASER
Thomas B. Ridgeway
ridgeway at EDU.WASHINGTON.HACC.BLACKBOX
Mon May 18 11:26:13 EDT 1992
Its Monday morning and I've lost track of who originally asked:
> > ..., I would like to ask
> > if anyone of you has information on existing programs for printing
> > Sanskrit diacritics on laser printers from Word Perfect.
to which Dominik responded
> Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS has a very wide range of built-in characters
> (ca. 1700, I believe). But I don't know if these include the chars
> needed for Pali/Sanskrit. I would be interested to hear from
> colleagues about this.
> The last meeting of the World Sanskrit Conference at Vienna issued
> a document standardizing which characters of the 256 available in
> the 8-bit character set of microcomputers should stand for which
> Indic accented characters. This character set is known as the
> CS (Computer Sanskrit ) and CSX (... eXtended) set; the latter is
> slightly expanded to include some letters needed for MIA and Tamil.
> Tom Ridgeway (member of this list) has also produced TeX fonts
> that adhere to the standard. These fonts can me converted to
> HP Laser soft-font format if required, as well as being directly
> usable in TeX.
Support for WordPerfect 5.1 with Indic in transliteration (using the
metafont-created font) is in internal testing at Washington now.
This is based on the same TeX fonts mentioned above translated
by Norm Walsh's pktosfp utility.
We aim to have screen-font support for EGA/VGA or Herc Plus,
and printer support for HP LaserJet family only. We also
expect to be able to translate from CS/CSX encoded `otherwise plain ASCII'
files into WP's coding. This will definitely not be available in any form
before summer, but sometime in the summer is a good guess. Anyone
with existing files can expect to have to do some conversion, as some
Indic characters are in the inherently non-standard user-defined
Those with the capability and the interest can help us test out these fonts
in their TeX-able form (from 184.108.40.206 in pub/indic with the bitmap pk
fonts and tfm metric files in pub/indic/binary). We have not had much
material to use for testing . . . (the availability of the Panini and
Asvaghosha texts is a *big* plus), and are just now discovering some
inconsistencies in the font relating to subscript dot placement und so
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Thomas Ridgeway, Director,
Humanities and Arts Computing Center/NorthWest Computing Support Center
35 Thomson Hall, University of Washington, DR-10
Seattle, WA 98195 phone: (206)-543-4218 * Ask me about *
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