Hindi-English Type Software
Smart Fonts include logical tables along with graphical data & hinting instructions of letter forms. So smart fonts may be called as type software.
We have been developing fonts and related software required for processing text on the computers since 1991. We were trying to sell software & fonts, for typesetting Hindi, Marathi, Nepali (& other DevaNagari languages) alongwith Roman-letters (English) since 1995.
There wasn't real demand for our font/s for various reasons. Now some people want to have our smart font but don't want to pay for it!
We will be including support for other Indian scripts in our type software when we break even.
Typesetting MultiLingual text of
Hindi (DevaNagari) & English (Latin)
The 'Nagari' or 'Devanagari' script is used by millions for writing text of Hindi, Nepali, Marathi, Sanskrit and some regional dialects in India. English is also used by a lot of Indians. So Indians need computer-types (fonts) and software that can process, store and render (display) multilingual text.
Unicode for DevaNagari
Before Unicode, Indians were using various encodings as there was no practical standard for processing Indic scripts in computers. This was one of the reasons why small type-foundries like ours suffered.
Though there was ISCII (Indian Script Code for Information Interchange) but no system vendor supported it! Then came Unicode; Indic code charts of Unicode were taken from ISCII-88!
Most of the scripts of the Indian subcontinent largely follow similar rules for formation of syllables. Lots of characters of these scripts have one to one correspondence! So transliteration between various Indian scripts is not difficult! Code points for the characters of these scripts in Unicode (as per ISCII) are arranged according to a common plan.
Enabling smart-fonts properly in older computers should be a priority. We should remember that most of the Indians live below poverty line and it is not feasible for most organisations in India to keep upgrading!
Following are the DevaNagari-English software and fonts we have designed.
Unicode compliant OpenType Fonts
Modern operating systems which are Unicode based can directly let you enter text in most of the scripts. These operating systems (like Windows XP/7) don't require additional software to enter and render text in most of the scripts. These operating systems have lots of fonts. Some of these fonts (generally those with only European characters) are of high quality. But fonts of complex scripts (particularly Indic ones) are just there to fulfill international requirements. So for Hindi etc., we need additional DevaNagari OpenType font/s of acceptable quality. Then only we can properly typeset Hindi text along with English directly even in plain/simple text editors like Notepad.
We have designed and programmed a cool OpenType smart font - 'Akhil HE'. This type software contains a logical set of DevaNagari glyphs (we call 'Saral Nagari') along with ASCII characters (regular Roman alphabets etc.). It is an optimised, synchronised and professionally instructed (hinted) smart font. Its quality can be fully appreciated while typesetting multilingual text.
There are lots of advantages of using this smart font. We are currently porting it on iMac (OS X). If you are a OS X user, please wait for the release.
Unicode Solution for Windows XP/7...
In the past, we developed a package named 'Sugam-98' to enable easy entry of Unicode encoded Nagari in Windows 98.
For Newer Windows OS like Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8, we have Sugam 2K.
Components of Sugam-2K:
- Aforementioned OpenType font - Akhil HE
- A simple TrueType font - Akhil
- iNagari (An Enhanced Keyboard Layout)
In the past, we developed LeKhaNi (Lekhni) for Windows 95. It used to render and record text in a non standard encoding! Its last version was 2.1. Forthcoming Lekhani 3.0 will be a Unicode based multilingual editor. Don't wait for it, instead use the OpenOffice.org's Writer for your text editing. Use our font 'Akhil HE' in the Writer for ultimate satisfaction.