[HarfBuzz] Fwd: hindi problem

Jani Brezavšček jani.brezavscek at outfit7.com
Wed Dec 6 12:02:39 UTC 2017

Thank you very much! I never would have expected that this was ok.

Best regards,
Jani Brezavšček





Ekipa2 d.o.o. | Ameriška ulica 8
1000 Ljubljana, SI

On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM, Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> See http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/p276561/html/s
> ection67.html (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.
> JK
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