RE: Unicode & various Indian font styles

From: Apurva Joshi (
Date: Mon Jul 24 2000 - 13:58:15 EDT

Hello Mr. Paresh Agarwal,

Yes, it is certainly possible to make your fonts based on Unicode. The fonts
would need to contain glyphs mapped to the corresponding code-points in the
Indic blocks. If the fonts contain a number of consonant conjuncts, and
glyph variants for vowel signs whose use is dependent on the consonants they
are used with, it might be helpful to add OpenType layout tables too.

Also, although fonts are designed in different styles, they essentially
contain glyphs (not characters). Thus you can have a glyph containing the
shape (or outline) of "Ka" in each Devanagari font, mapped to the code point
U+0915. Correspondingly a "Ka" in each font for the Gujarati script maps to
U+0A95, in Bengali to U+0995 etc.

Please find more information on creating and supporting fonts in Indic
scripts at: .

Details about OpenType are available at: .

Information on VOLT a tool to add OpenType layout tables to fonts is
available at: .

Since you mention that these fonts are to be used on the web, perhaps you
might want to see details about the Web Embedding Fonts Tool at: .


-----Original Message-----
From: Magda Danish (Unicode)
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2000 9:08 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Unicode & various Indian font styles

-----Original Message-----
From: AGARWAL []
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2000 7:43 AM
Subject: information

Dear Sir/Madam,
We are a translation agency by the name MULTI-LINGUIST, operating from
India. We are interested in incorporating the Unicode system for all Indian
languages,as we have certain clients who are interested in launching certain
translated texts on the web in Unicode format.
Our problem is that we donot know how to go about it. I wish to ask, is it
possible for us to incorporate the Unicode system for any of fonts (in our
case all Indian languages fonts), since for each of the languages there are
various font styles? For instance, Devnagari script has over 100 dfferent
fonts styles. Will it be possible to have the Unicode structure for all
these font styles or are there only particular font styles for a language
which are recognized by the Unicode structure. Am I able to make myself
clear?? I mean, just any font style for a particular language can be
recognized by the Unicode system, or only particular font styles will be
I wish to know what is the criteria is followed for providing the texts in
Unicode format for non-English scripts. My interest lies specially in Indian
languages. Is it possible to convert any font style into Unicode format??
Please guide us. Let us know if there is any software by which the
characters can be converted into Unicode format.
An early response would be highly appreciated.
Best regards.
Paresh Agarwal (Mr.)
(our e-mail:

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