Re: Fwd: [Orissa-IT] Re: Conversion from OR_TTSarala to Unicode
vivek.pani at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 19:34:15 IST 2004
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 17:22:49 +0500, hrpansari at vsnl.net
<hrpansari at vsnl.net> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Hariram Pansari <hrpansari at yahoo.com>
> > --- gora_mohanty <gora_mohanty at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> > > (iii) ORB_TT*: bi-lingual fonts. Again the layout of
> > > the glyphs is
> There are 5 types of CDAC fonts standards - differ each other.
> 1. OR-TT(Sarala)
> 2. OR1-TT(Salara)
> 3. ORB-TT(Sarala)
> 4. ORW-TT(Sarala)
> 5. ORBW-TT(Sarala)
> The latest is the last one.
> > > it should be
> > > incumbent upon
> > > vendors of such proprietary fonts to provide
> > > converters. This issue
> > > was discussed at the MAIT meeting, and it is not
> > > impossible that such
> > > a policy might become legally binding.
> Therefore I am following TDIL since last 3-4 years for standardising the 8 bit fonts, for which the INSFOC draft released at TDIL website, Please visit. Because stabilising Unicode for Indic linked with updatation of old PCs to higher configuaration PC hardwares and OSs by users may take another 2-3 years, majority of Govt. of Offices and general users have to stick to 8bit encodings only.
At a much earlier stage also there had been efforts to standardise 8
bit font layouts. In fact, ISFOC itself was an effort in that
direction and all fonts for the same script used to follow the same
layout. However, it never gained the much needed emphasis and
acceptance among others who wanted to have their own ways of
representation. The deviations from the ISFOC (which was initially
monolingual) were also forced due the need to have bilingual fonts and
later need for web compliancy for newer versions of IE. Knowing these
backgrounds, though an introduction of a new standard and enforcing it
for uniformity and convenience is a very good idea, it may not solve
unforseen problems. And it would also be adding to the many existing
standards in use. I am afraid an effort like the INSFOC for 8 bit may
not be accepted well. However, a similar effort for 16 bit fonts might
be a boon for users of non OpenType alternates.
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