[HarfBuzz] Fwd: hindi problem

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at gmail.com
Wed Dec 6 10:20:42 UTC 2017

On 06/12/2017 09:34, Jani Brezavšček wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm writing because I can't find a solution to my problem.. I would like 
> to display the following hindi text as it is written bellow or e.g. in 
> google search bar
> शक्ति (I put it in google translate and it looks like it means "power" in 
> hindi)
> with the line above the characters (starting at second one) going above 
> from the second character to the last one. But what I get after using 
> harfbuzz is not the same... the last two characters get merged into one 
> and it does not look like what I pasted
> I've checked it with Sanskrit2003.ttf and NotoSansDevanagari-Medium.ttf 
> they both produce the same abomination
> Can anyone please help me understand if this is a bug in harfbuzz or if 
> I am doing something wrong?

I guess you're confused by the rendering of the combination "क्त" (ka, 
virama, ta). This pair of consonants ("kt") can be written either with a 
half-ka followed by ta, or as a single conjunct glyph. Which is used is 
a stylistic choice the font designer will have made.

Most fonts I've seen go for the single-glyph "kt" conjunct, although the 
Mangal and Nirmala UI fonts from Windows choose the longer "half-ka + 
ta" rendering, so if that's what you're comparing to, you may be 
surprised by the conjunct in other fonts.

(scroll down to section 7, "Some forms are completely different...", and 
note the two examples of the "kt" combination).

In short: how it looks depends on the font you choose.


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