RE: Bangla: [ZWJ], [VIRAMA] and CV sequences

From: Marco Cimarosti (
Date: Wed Oct 08 2003 - 07:17:45 CST

Peter Kirk wrote:
> I don't understand the specific issues here... But it does
> seem a rather strange design principle that we should
> expect a text to be displayed meaningfully even when the font
> lacks the glyphs required for proper display.

The fact is that these glyphs are not necessarily *required*. Each Indic
script has a relatively small set of glyphs that are absolutely required in
any font, but also an unspecified number of ligature that may or may not be

This may depend from the language (e.g., Devanagari for Sanskrit typically
uses more ligatures than Devanagari for Hindi), or even simply be a matter
of typographical style.

_ Marco

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